About

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
…is a contributor to EatItalian.com
…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

About Laura…
Laura D'Amel
I’m an Italian-Canadian girl who loves family, food and the Italian lifestyle.

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, and am, upset.

To be told you aren’t Italian, when you always though you were, is strange and confusing. It led me to the thought of who decides you culture or how your life is to be led? Those who issue passports or those who live it. I may not be able to live there freely, or be a “card-carrying” Italian. But I am Italian. I’m here to explore what my Italian life is – how I live it and who I am.

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.

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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