Welcome to Make It Mediterranean! My name is Salvatore Presti, and as a first generation Italian American, I grew up surrounded by exquisite food. Since I was just a little kid, I loved to cook. I could sit for hours in the kitchen watching my father cook delightful Sicilian meals every Saturday and Sunday. I am so grateful to have had such a delicious childhood! I brought that passion for food with me as I grew up and worked in restaurants for years learning many different ways to cook.
I really believe that good and healthy food is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. And there is no better way to show the ones you love that you care than by sharing a home cooked meal.
And the food of the Mediterranean is meant to be shared. Wholesome and delicious, I cannot think of a better way to eat. The recipes I will be cooking for this blog is so easy to make that you only need 30 minutes for most of the dishes. I’ll also do plenty of slow cooked, Sunday meals, too. The techniques are simple. Just use good ingredients and treat them simply and you will have a delicious meal. I have a pretty hectic life with kids, a wife and a full time job and manage to do all the cooking for us, too.
For those of you who are already good home cooks, I hope I can inspire you to cook healthy and delicious food. If you are not confident in the kitchen and think you are not a good enough cook to make these recipes, then I am here to help. I want to help you become a better home cook!
What will you expect to find on Make It Mediterranean? The recipes will be mainly Italian, since that is my background, but, I don’t want to limit myself to just that, so, you will find recipes from other countries around the Mediterranean. I will link to products I find especially helpful, especially those that make life in the kitchen easier. (Many links on the site are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something I recommend, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Only products I use and believe in!) I will make some weekly meal planners to help take some of the stress out of planning your meals, which will include a shopping list. So make sure you subscribe to get on the list for those and to receive e-mails when a new post is published. I will also include shopping deals when I find them to help you save some cash.
I really hope you follow along and get involved with the site. Please let me know when you make one of the dishes and leave a comment, good or bad, about what you thought. And any pictures of your work that you wish to show off you can post on the Make It Mediterranean Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page. And feel free to pin any of the pictures you like to Pinterest! I look forward to getting to know you and hope you love this cuisine as much as I do!