Have you met Helena Spensatelli yet? I met her online quite a while back and when I heard she lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee I considered her family. I lived in East Tennessee for a long time but my ex-boyfriend is from Murfreesboro so I’ve spent quite a bit of time there. My ex-husband is also from nearby Shelbyville so I’m quite comfortable in Helena’s part of the world. Like her, I wasn’t raised in Tennessee and it takes some getting used to but everyone is friendly and kind there.
Food has always been a part of her life and most of her family is or was involved in the food industry. Her grandfather Attilio from Italy was a well known chef at the Sheraton Belvedere in Baltimore, Maryland when Helena was a young girl.
She’s loved food all her life. She’s a personal chef and when she lived in Los Angeles, she was a director of a cooking school. She organizes cooking parties or team building events for most of the big-name companies in the United States. Our Helena is no shrinking violet. She’s incredibly talented and the recipes she develops for customers and her own blog are always easy to follow and delicious. If I lived closer, I’d hire her as a private chef for my next dinner party because I know I wouldn’t have to think twice about anything.
Who wouldn’t love someone bold enough to create “The Best Pecan Pie in the World“? I have tried this and I must agree.
Living away from the states for so long, sometimes food memories have heightened importance. For instance, until Krispy Kreme opened up in Australia in a few locations, I could only think back to my university days and stopping off for coffee and donuts after class at KK.
I don’t live near a Krispy Kreme bakery so when I saw Helena’s post about her homemade donuts – just like Krispy Kreme that she made for her husband, I knew I had to try them. I’ll admit hers were more attractive than mine but I’ll bet mine tasted as good as hers. You should give this recipe a try!
Now before you think all I make are sweets, check out her Insalata Caprese and all the ways you can serve it. You can tell she’s Italian on this one!
Have you ever wanted yeast rolls for dinner but thought it was too time-consuming so you did without? I’ve done that on way too many occasions but Helena has just the answer with her Favorite Quick Yeast Rolls. You mix, roll, rise for 30 minutes and bake. What could be easier and look at how beautiful they are? Imagine these slathered with homemade butter.
Finally, I want to share with you one of my favorite light meals. Helena’s Falafel with Tahini Sauce recipe makes a perfect lunch for me. I take the pita bread and stuff the falafel and salad in and I’m one happy camper. The tahini sauce just tops the whole thing off.
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