She’s trained as a ‘Music Therapist’ but you won’t find her hands on a piano—you’ll find her wielding a sharp knife because she’s
admittedly a knife snob. She sings in a praise band with her husband and son who both play guitar—and, yes, she’s minus the knife! She’s Scandanavian. But, she swears she must have some Italian DNA somewhere in her gene code. She’s Lisa from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish, purrrdeeee as a brown-speckled puppy, making music with her knife, and I just can’t believe she’s got three grown kids! For Lisa life’s all about good eats, family around the table, traveling and cooking from scratch.
Lisa, if you had to re-invent yourself, what would be doing?
I actually feel like I have re-invented my self. After so many years of being a stay-at-home mom, I had kind of lost sight of what I was interested in for myself. With my kids almost all grown, I found myself with a lot more time on my hands and realized I needed to pursue some other interests. I felt that I really wanted to do something that would allow me to share my passion for food with others. At first, I wasn’t sure what that would be, so after a lot of thinking and talking with my husband, I decided that I really wanted to give blogging a try, and I haven’t looked back since! It has been am amazing creative outlet for me, and I’ve connected with so many amazing people who share my passion for food!
OK, now, Lisa, how would you describe your style of cooking?
I like to cook from scratch as much as possible. I love to make my own sauces and stocks. I love coming up with my own recipes and putting my own spin on others’ recipes. I am as Scandinavian as you can get, but I often joke that I was Italian in another life, because I love making Italian recipes. Lasagna, carbonara, veal parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and the list could go on. I love all of it!!
Everyone’s love of food and cooking starts somewhere—spill the beans on yours!
When I was growing up, I was always the one to order the different things off of the menu at a restaurant, and I NEVER liked to order off of the kid’s menu! I think my love of cooking came both from my Grandma and my Dad. My Grandma was always cooking or baking something wonderful, and she did it effortlessly. My Dad loved to try making all kinds of different recipes. He also loved watching cooking shows way before it was the popular thing to do. When I was growing up, Fridays were pizza night while we watched Julia Child cook on PBS. I think all of that rubbed off on me and has made me the foodie that I am today.
OK, big question, Lisa, which kitchen tool or gadget can’t you function without?
It’s confession time because I’m actually a bit of a knife snob. I cannot function without a big, sharp knife. It just makes chopping and slicing so much easier and quicker. I really could get by if an 8-inch chef knife were the only knife that I owned. If I’m going to someone else’s house and I know I’m going to be helping with the cooking, I will bring my own knife if I know that they don’t have big, sharp knives.
Now, Miss Lisa…what are you sharing with me today!
The recipe that I’m sharing is my Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.