My name is Carissa Di Gangi and this is my recipe blog. While I have delivered delicious eats from kitchen to table at restaurants in Ottawa and Kingston, mostly I make my own food from scratch – so I know what I’m eating, and so I can eat well for cheap. I tend towards healthy meals, unhealthy desserts, and affordable ingredients.
- I’m distractable with a good eye for detail. As a result, I find between 20 and 200 four-leafed clovers every summer, probably while you’re talking to me.
- My Favourite Thing is the lemon tree I grew from seed seven years ago. It has
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- Dave & I have traded our treehouse in Toronto’s west end for a more spacious apartment in the east. We’re further from Parkdale’s trendy tempting restaurants, and we lost the lake view, but gained a barbeque, a dining room, and enough space to justify more books & bakeware. You should probably come over for dinner.
- Grad school was great training for reading on the regular, but now I get to read whatever I want. In 2014, that was 156 books via print book, ebook and e-audiobook. (2013 was 162, though — I’m slipping.) Thank goodness for the library. Highlights reads so far from 2015: Leslie Jamison’s “The Empathy Exams,” Kim Thuy’s “Mãn,” and Elena Ferrante’s “Troubling Love.”
- You used to be able to find my child self’s book reviews on Amazon.com (circa 1997 – I was an early adopter), but that comedic goldmine now only exists in the screen captures of my kindest friends. Such a loss.
- View the Vibe called me a Toronto Tastemaker! You can read the interview here.
Be in touch! I’d love to hear from you.