Welcome! I'm Elena Davis the creator of Cucina by Elena
"I grew up sharing big family and friend meals at tables all around the world. My dream is to share delicious achievable wholesome recipes that you will share around the table with all your loved ones. The memories surrounded by food are the heart and soul of CucinaByElena" Love, Elena
Please feel free to contact me about anything whether you need help with a recipe, want to take a cooking class, or have a business inquiry. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was born in Sardegna, Italy- home of my mother’s family. My parents met in Paris, France and that is where I spent the first six years of my life. My biological father, from Reunion, Island, France, and my mother separated when I was four years old. About a year later my mama met my Danish dad. My parents, both genetic research scientists, then moved from Paris to Salt Lake City, Utah where they fell in love with the mountains and stayed ever since!
My parents had demanding careers, yet they always managed to make delicious home cooked meals on weeknights. As I grew older and moved out of their home I carried this part of me wherever I went. I cooked and baked and made many memories and new friends by brining people together through our family recipes.
Having a deep root connection to my Italian family I spent every summer of my childhood and young adult life on the beaches of Sardegna with my grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and other relatives. These are "my people," the tribe who helped raise and shape me into the woman I am today. Read more about these experiences here: Sunday Story: Sardegna a Place to Call “Home”.
Prior to working full time on my food blog- I taught in public education for 13 years and acquired a masters in reading. I left my teaching career to serve people by sharing my knowledge for cooking and baking.
I started my food blog in the summer of 2020 when we could not visit Italy or see our family. I poured my heart and longing for my Italian home into creating achievable Italian recipes that every person could recreate!
I enjoy teaching cooking classes, hiking, and traveling with my family- including yearly trips to Sardegna to visit family. I currently live in Bountiful, Utah with my three beautiful children and loving husband.
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Italian Food Culture and Stories
In Italian food culture is the thread of life. Food is: tradition, family, laughter, joy, memories, and most of all a love language that binds generations. As I fondly remember- a place where groups of grandmothers gathered plotting their next meals, and comparing recipes and methods.
This is where I developed my passion for cooking, baking, and most of all, sharing food around tables of new acquaintances, old friends, and family. The flavors I bring to the table reflect recipes, memories, and stories from people and places that bring me the most joy.
I stood over the shoulder's of family members cooking in the kitchen... and watched, smelled, tasted, felt, and listened- but, rarely, if ever, did I see a recipe. When asking about a recipe my nonna often said, "non lo so? un po di questo e un pizzico di quelo. Ti devo fare vedere." -I don't know? A little bit of that and a pinch of this. I'll just show you. Then she demonstrated with her hands. It's all in the feeling of the ingredients. That phrase always stuck with me.
I share more stories about my Italian food culture and life in ELENA'S STORIES SECTION of the blog. These stories provide meaning "beyond the recipe". Check out this one: Sunday Story: What’s in the Recipe?
About Cucina By Elena Recipes
Cucina by Elena is a recipe website dedicated to providing achievable and delicious Italian (and more) recipes for busy foodies. Italian cooking is naturally rustic and made with simple quality ingredients. Most recipes are quick, easy and incredibly delicious, so you can still cook from scratch, in little time without compromising flavor!
On busy nights I love to make Authentic Italian Pasta Carbonara (no cream); this quick meal is full of flavor and loved by all! On weekends I whip up a batch of Classic Italian Ragu Recipe (Meat Sauce) and freeze it in portions for the following weeks. I love making a Simple Italian Apple Cake (one bowl) mid week and enjoying it for breakfast or as an after school snack.
Many recipes are made while helping a child with homework and holding a toddler in my arms. This is life for me. Everything I make is "made with amore"! Join me as we cook, bake, and create together.
I love to connect with all of you! If you ever have a recipe question: leave a comment on the post or send me an email. You can also find me on Instagram and message me there: @cucinabyelena.
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From my Cucina to your table- Mangia (eat)!