Mother’s Day is tomorrow. I wrote about my grandma and her sage advice along with some strawberry rhubarb galettes last time. Today, these cookies are for my mom. She loves lemon, hates chocolate, and is always looking for a good cookie recipe. These fit squarely into all three categories. Prior to these beauties, I’d never had a traditional Italian lemon ricotta cookie. After comparing some recipes from a few notable Italians who probably know what they’re doing (Giada and someone at the New York Times’s Italian grandma) and a few trial-and-errors of my own, I settled on these.
Hello and welcome to From Her Kitchen! I’ve read numerous first posts on numerous other food blogs, and it feels a bit surreal to actually be writing my own. This post is most definitely going to end in some delicious cookies, so stick around while I put myself out there for a little bit first. They’re worth it, I promise.
First things first – I’m Jillian. Full-time mom, Registered Dietitian, avid home cook, food blog stalker, and lover of all things Disneyland. I’ve loved food and cooking since I was young. Most kids came home from school and watched Hey Arnold or That’s So Raven. Not me. I watched the Food Network. I wanted to be a chef for a while but decided that being a really great home cook would be even better.
My first (and still favorite!) food blog to discover was Smitten Kitchen. I don’t know Deb personally, but I feel like I do. She’s good. Really good. After I binge read every post she had written up to that point (clear back in 2009), I worked my way through a few other blogs. I was hooked and still am. I sincerely believe that anyone can learn to cook really well from the internet thanks to some seriously amazing food blogs that are out there.
So why am I here? Why did I finally decide to throw my hat into the blogging arena? A couple things…
Mostly I need this blog. I’m a new mom, which I truly love, but I NEEDED something else. I needed a creative outlet like crazy. I’ve been considering starting a blog of my own for ages but then all the doubts set in – I have no clue how to start, I have nothing new to contribute to the blog world, food photography… YIKES, nobody is going to read it, etc. etc. etc. These doubts are mostly still there but here we go anyway!