I began writing about food in 2013, when I became the author of a monthly food column — “The Judicial Palate” — for The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association. My articles feature recipes on dishes from tomato tarts to baked manicotti. In addition, I review restaurants from New York and Philadelphia to the Jersey shore and Delaware beaches. 

In the spring of 2009, I finished my first year of teaching mathematics after transitioning from a career as an attorney. It did not take long for my Calculus students to learn how much I enjoy cooking and eating. They began class by asking what my husband and I prepared over the weekend – ricotta gnocchi, stuffed artichokes, escargots?

During these conversations I realized that young people are genuinely curious about cooking. So, to combine my love of education and food, I created La Cucina di Poppiti, LLC, to provide cooking instruction to teens. I designed several series of courses, including one on ethnic dishes – Italian, French, and Spanish – and one on items from restaurant kitchens across the United States – from Chez Panisse in Berkeley to Vetri in Philadelphia. Now, I offer “Pop-Up” cooking classes to adults.

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