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Hola! My name is Vanessa and it is my pleasure to welcome you to Smart Little Cookie, a bilingual food blog where I help busy moms put together tasty traditional Dominican and Latin-inspired meals without having to spend tons of time in the kitchen.
I’m a working mom, whose love for food led me to start this blog as a resource for other busy parents and I blame it all on pregnancy cravings. See, before moving to the U.S. when I was 14, I grew up in the Dominican Republic savoring the delicious home cooked meals made by my grandmother and mother. Even though I grew up surrounded by phenomenal cooks, I didn’t learn to cook until after I was married. Why? Because I remember my grandmother waking up at 6 a.m. so that she could start cooking at 7 a.m. for lunch at noon. I just couldn’t see myself spending so much time making everything from scratch, so why learn?
Fast-forward to me as a grown up in the United States, married and pregnant with crazy food cravings for those homemade meals I grew up with but without anyone to make them for me. Desperately, I started calling my mom at work and my aunts in the Dominican Republic and they would talk me through the instructions on how to make whatever it was that I wanted to cook at the time. Those phone calls taught me how to cook.
Eventually, I began to make my own dishes and I became passionate about creating quick and easy versions of recipes that I could share with busy parents who want to make the foods they grew up eating or have come to love later in life.
I feel blessed to be able to regularly provide nutritious meals for my family that we can all sit down to enjoy together as we catch up and I want to help you do the same. It is my mission to show you that you can make great flavorful dishes at home without spending the entire day in the kitchen like my grandmother did.
While you are here, I invite you to make yourself at home and look around. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.
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