Cooking with wholesome, organic ingredients is all about love. Love for the farmers who grew your chemical free apples and cherries, love for the cow who got to live its life out in the pasture instead of in a shed, and love for the close friends and family that you share your delicious creation with. Celebrating this kind of food is a big part of my life, and that’s one of the reasons I feel so honored to work with the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club – the group of recipe creators and bloggers that spread food-love with their writing almost every day. Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed conversations and chats with many of the members -and they’ve inspired me so much that I decided I needed to share a little bit more about each of them with you. So, grab a seat at our table and share the joys of cooking and knowing a little bit more about the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.
Meet April Aceto of Food ‘n Focus
KD: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog – and what inspired you to start it.
I’ve always been a foodie but after a trip to Paris I began to notice the beauty in food. My eye was drawn to the beautiful colors of pastries and cheese which led me to start taking photos of food back at home. The blog started as a hobby as I began to combine this passion for food and photography and has turned into a real passion.
Tell us about one food tradition that you participate in – one that warms your heart with memories….
I come from an Italian family and growing up we always had Sunday lunch at my grandma’s house. It was always a traditional Italian dish but I really enjoyed the thought that food brought family and conversation together. My boyfriend and I share this tradition by preparing dinner together every Sunday.
What’s your favorite dish to make and why?
Risotto. It is quite tasty and time consuming but the end result is amazing.
Favorite dish to make with yogurt?
Definitely yogurt parfaits with homemade granola. I just feel that there are so many endless combinations of fruit and nuts that I could never get bored of it.
What are your ‘food rules’?
My only rule is that there are no rules. One of the joys of cooking is to learn from mistakes and be fearless.
What about organic is most important to you?
I’m always looking to fill my body with wholesome, nutritious and natural foods. It’s also important to me to rely on sustainable and organic farming methods to save our land for future generations.
Favorite season for cooking?
The fall. Fall reminds me of comfort foods.
What’s your favorite quote/saying about food?
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” –Julia Child