Pubs: My New Roots
My godmother Clara is phenomenal, a quietly fiery inspiration to me in so many ways. She grew up in a dynasty of pasta and pizza purveyors on the West Side of Chicago and she's always had a drive to pitch in and liven things up. As a feisty redhaired girl, between homework and high school dances, she helped out in the family's Italian restaurant, known for their homemade pasta and ravioli, and for their spirit of generous compassion. If rations ran low or a family fell on hard times, dishes were filled and the cash register remained closed...it's easy to see why they developed such a loyal customer following. The business branched out and started selling through supermarkets where their signature slogan became "Abbondanza!". Clara opened her own restaurant in 1987 and taught her children the same tradition of serving delicious food with a family flair. Now her kids run the business while Clara dishes out wisdom and an occasional plate of pasta too!
Sarah reminds me so much of Clara! Like my godmother Sarah has a warm cheerful laugh and a deep love of wholesome handcrafted meals. Sarah is truly inspiring too...she cheerfully coaxes you to care about yourself and your community through boisterously fun and flavorful cooking classes. She is pure genius in the kitchen, supertalented with a camera, blazingly smart when it comes to nutrition and really truly huggably sweet! Most of her recipes lean in towards veg healthiness but everyone needs an indulgent treat once in awhile and Sarah delivers brilliantly! Her Seuss-striped Chocolate Banana Cake is spectacular...a decadently rich and crazyamazingly delicious wondercake! If you want a breezily easy "cheezy" cake then move on down to Sarah's Cashew Dreamcake. I dare you to eat just one piece, no matter which you choose! ;)
Sarah's star continues to rise! She's been featured in several highprofile publications and was honored with the 2014 Best Food Blog Award for Special Diets Blog ~ Readers' Choice! Definitely treat yourself to Sarah's TED talks where she embraces her audiences with warm healthy veggie love!
Name your favorite wondercake! :)
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