Maria Vee

Hello! My name is Maria, Canadian-born and Italian-raised. By day, I work in a health institution, but by night, I cook, bake, and blog. I guess I get it from my mom, who I truly believe spent most of her adult life in the kitchen (and loved every second of it)! Recently it became important to me to fix up, document, and post some of her treasured recipes; I wanted my own kids to get a taste for the legacy she left behind and to continue to honour the traditions she set up when she was alive. I crave the simple things in life, most of all enjoying some good food with my beloved family and friends.

Crisp and Sweet Italian Chopped Salad

This Best Italian Chopped Salad Greens Recipe doesn’t just have a great texture – it also provides the wonderful flavor combinations of tangy and mildly bitter, with a hint of salt and sweetness that will leave you wanting more.


Grandma’s Pizzelle

Delicate, patterned cookies are a lovely traditional treat, just like Nonna used to make.


Rustic Polenta Pizza

Rustic Polenta Pizza isn’t your traditional pizza. It’s a unique twist that offers new flavors and textures by a crust out of the polenta itself!

Altomare’s Wine Taralli

An authentic recipe for this great Italian snack food originating from the region of Naples. Altomare’s Wine Taralli are the real deal!

Fennel Taralli Bread

A crunchy crust and a chewy inside, taralli are similar to a classic bagel. Try this savory bread spiced with fennel for delicious flavor.


Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti are truly simple to make. Having learned this recipe from my mom, it’s quickly become my “go-to” biscotti recipe.