An Italian-Canadian Life…

…is a member of the Food Bloggers of Canada.
…was featured as one of Lidia Bastianich’s Favourite Bloggers
…won third in Ninjamatics’ 2012 Canadian Weblog Awards in the Topical category
…was awarded a Canolo Award for being an authentic Italian food blogger
…has recipes featured on Foodgawker and Tastespotting
…was featured on CHIN Radio
…is featured in print by Il Postino Canada, a monthly Italian-Canadian newspaper based in Ottawa. A select blog posting is printed in each edition.
…contributes articles to Panoram Italia about Italian-Canadian culture and history
…was part of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario Pentola d’Oro judging committee
…has appeared in national articles about Italian baking
…is also a blogger and recipe developer for Aurora Importing and Distributing Ltd.


About Laura…
Laura D'Amel
I’m an Italian-Canadian girl who loves family, food and the Italian lifestyle. I’m preserving my family recipes, discovering new ones, eating locally, supporting farmers and sharing my love of slow food.

This blog was started to explore what my Italian life is – how I live it and who I am. For the longest time, I assumed I was Italian. All four of my grandparents were born there, my parents were born there and every extended relative I know was pretty much born there. Except for me. When I went to claim my Italian citizenship a few years ago though, I was denied. Apparently there was this five year window when Italian-Canadians could claim dual citizenship that I missed when I was young. I was upset.

After two years of blogging, I’ve realized that being Italian means honouring traditions, celebrating with family, enjoying life and making some amazing food, all things I grew up with but never defined. This blog gives me the opportunity to explore Italian life, as it is lived here in North America. It also gives me the excuse of finally writing down all our family recipes that have been passed down through generations.I focus mainly on Southern Italian dishes and desserts as well as the techniques used for growing and harvesting ingredients, preserving everything from bread to meat to tomatoes, and cooking with love.


About products and advertising
If you wish to send me a product, if I do accept it, I may or may not write about it on the site. I appreciate your understanding that this is my personal blog, I don’t allow others to influence what gets published here. I don’t accept products in exchange for a positive review or placement. All of my reviews will be 100% honest and based on my opinion and the interests of my community, as I value my readers.

From time to time you may see advertising in designated spots on the blog. I apologize for having to include advertising but blogging requires a lot of time that I might otherwise use freelancing. To justify the time I spend writing for the blog and responding to comments, and to be able to afford ingredients for new recipes, I have to offset the costs with the small amount of revenue I get from advertising. It doesn’t compensate me completely but, since I enjoy blogging, it sure does help.


What else?
I’m also a professional writer, editor and content strategist, assisting organizations and associations in creating online content (text, video and photos) and print content that is perfect for their audience. Find out more.

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