*photo by Maura Jones of Maura Ellen Photography
Why hey there, welcome to the Cheater Bites kitchen, where life is too short not to eat while you cook! My name is Ali and I’m the gal behind this little blog.
I am a thirty-something living in Pittsburgh, PA. My love of food began when I was just a tidbit, being fed calamari and other delicacies while still in a high chair. I grew up in the kitchen, helping or just following around Mum, talking her ear off – a quality I am still known for. Some of my fondest memories are in my Nana’s kitchen, doing the dishes by hand because it was fun, and learning how to make dumpling soup. Once I left for college I had one of those “ah-ha” moments: I better learn how to cook because I can’t eat this junk for 4 years. Slowly but surely my abilities improved; I went to Rome for a semester abroad, and I lived with roommates that would let me cook for them. Now I adore being in the kitchen and trying new things. I wholeheartedly enjoy cooking and baking for family and friends; it’s how I show my love.
I bet you are wondering what is up with the name “Cheater Bites,” aren’t you? Well, growing up in a family that loved to be in the kitchen, there are always fun stories to share. Holidays were always spent with extended family and everyone would help in the kitchen. I’m not quite sure how it all started, but Uncle Bob would be doing his thing in the kitchen and yell “hey, come get a cheater bite” before the food was ready. My cousin and I loved it and would come in for several cheater bites, much to the dismay of our mothers who had been slaving in the kitchen for hours. So it stuck, and it’s a family saying permanently in our repertoire.
My biggest inspiration is my mom. She has the best kitchen on the planet. It’s not because it’s the newest and fanciest, and if you ask her, it certainly isn’t the biggest. It’s the best one because of the love within the cabinets, drawers and in every dish she serves up. Just ask anyone; you come to Mama Cheater Bite’s kitchen – you leave feeling more full, of both delicious food and of love. Cheesy, yes, but oh so true. She has taught me to be daring and to constantly work to improve my skills.
When I’m not in my kitchen I’m busy teaching silly middle schoolers, spending time with my wonderful husband & son, and our silly dog, traveling to fun places, taking on crafty projects and decorating/DIYing our house.
I’m so glad you stopped by, and I certainly hope you’ll stay a while!