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Food Under Pressure


I’ve been cooking since I was a kid – my mom was busy, like most moms. When she got called in to work as a nurse, I took over kitchen duty. I didn’t mind – I have always loved to cook.

My grandmother, my Nonna Maria, has always been my biggest inspiration in the kitchen.

Every single day, she cooked for her family – without fail. Rarely did they venture out to eat. As a lovely old school Italian, she treated cooking as a sacred, honorable duty. She loved to feed her family, and you could taste her love in the food. She kept it simple – less is more. If you sat at her table, be ready to Mangia! (Eat!).

I am married to an amazing man, who happens to be my web developer as the owner of Kraken Media. He is also my biggest fan, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not thankful for being blessed with him. Plus he’s handsome and he laughs at my jokes. He’s a keeper.

We have his elementary age daughter and a new baby boy; we also have an adorable toy poodle – they all light up my life in their own special ways. Almost all of our time is spent as a family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our idea of a great date night is getting a babysitter (usually grandma) for the kid(s), getting in a good workout at the gym, and having dinner at the bar in our sweaty gym clothes at one of our favorite restaurants – yes, we are THAT Glam! We spend a lot of time at home and around our home near Sarasota, Florida.

Life gets busy, but I strive to follow the lead of my Nonna and make time to cook. My pressure cooker helps me keep up, and for that I am incredibly thankful.

In my spare time when I’m not working or with my family, I like shopping alone, spinning and having brunch with girlfriends (with wine and/or champagne, duh).



Food Under Pressure, or FoodUP, was originally on a whim. I received my first pressure cooker (an Instant Pot) from my hubby, and I quickly fell in love. You mean I can set it and forget it? And it cooks things in half the time or LESS than my stove or oven? And it’s still as delicious, if not more so? Yes, please!

FoodUP focuses on Pressure Cooker recipes, as well as other quick and easy recipes perfect for anyone looking to produce delicious, quality meals with less work and in less time!

My recipes are original, and usually come from experiments! They are tried and true – I promise to have actually made them all, and gotten a seal of approval from my hubby, a friend or perhaps even my picky children.

FoodUP also supports the everyday cook! Not everyone is crazy enough to start a food blog… but that doesn’t mean their food ain’t great! I have committed to featuring recipes from folks who cook just to cook – these will also be tried and true, and you can expect to see a testimonial or two to prove it.

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