Friday Foodie – Christina of Christina’s Cucina
I am so pleased to introduce you to food blogger Christina Conte of Christina's Cucina. We recently met on Facebook and have become fast friends! I can't help it! Christina is just so interesting! She seriously has had many lives. Italian born in Scotland with a father who kicked ass in the kitchen and seems to have the claim to fame for the best fish and chips in Glasgow. Lots of time spent in Italy in the summers – her family drove from Scotland to Italy every year, what an awesome road trip!
Then a life in Southern California with hubby and kids and jobs such as social worker, photo lab fiend (her words!), and professional eater. No just kidding on that last part. Christina enjoys travel and her recent posts on her last trip to Italy have me drooling! I particularly love the one on Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with Pecorino Cheese and Black Pepper) which is one of my favorite dishes!
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[Warning, don't look at the post hungry!]
Let’s meet Christina!
 Have you always been a foodie, or is that something you grew
I was born into an Italian “foodie family” so yes, ever since I can remember, and apparently even before then. My mother told me when I was about two, I reached up onto the kitchen counter, grabbed some raw garlic, and ate it. She thought I'd spit it out, so she was shocked when I swallowed it.
 How and why did you begin your blog?
I started my blog in late September of 2011, after taking my son to university on the east coast. Since my daughter was in high school, I decided it was time to make some money again, but I didn't want to go back into social work. One morning I had breakfast with two friends and they both told me I should do something with my cooking skills, and one suggested a blog. I went home and googled, “how to start a blog” and a few seconds later, Christina's Cucina was created. I couldn't believe it was live, and so I sort of panicked. I love that I started my blog, but the money part is still to be realized.
 What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
I love to make desserts and sweets, especially things which are to be decorated.
 What is your favorite thing to eat?
That question is like asking me “Which is your favorite child?” I can't do it. I will give a list of a few at the top of my list: homemade, dry-cured Italian sausages, good quality chocolate, fish and chips, gnocchi, and black pudding.
 What is your comfort food?
I honestly can't say that I have comfort food. I enjoy everything I eat, and if I don't enjoy it, I don't eat it.
 Describe your perfect food day?
A perfect food day for me would entail a light breakfast with fresh fruit, a soft boiled egg with “soldiers”, a chocolate croissant, and a cup of European cocoa. I'd have an early lunch of fish and chips with pickled onions, then a light afternoon tea around 4 pm. Dinner would be later and consist of some fresh, crusty Italian bread, really good cheese, cured Italian sausage and salami, some olives, and a glass of wine! That's fitting in as many of my favorites as possible in one day!
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
Poires au Chocolat: Emma is just so talented in so many ways!
London Eats: everything Russell makes, I want to eat.
Lavender and Lovage: Karen floors me with everything she makes, and not only does it look incredible, but I love her food styling and photography.
 Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
Don't copy anyone else. Everyone has an opinion and if you change to please everyone, you'll make yourself crazy. In two words: be yourself.
Keep up with Christina’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and of course by visiting Christina's Cucina, including her Porridge Championships win.
Here are a few more places to find her:
Christina's three food events in Scotland this fall.
BBC Good Food Show lineup.
One of her five recipes featured in SCOTLAND NOW.
On Twining's' homepage.
How about you? What would you like to ask Christina? What’s your perfect food day?
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What a lovely lady! And those cupcake look divine!
@Veronica, she is and I agree, they are so pretty!
She’s a beautiful woman. I’ll be checking out her blog.
@Vanessa, her is, and please do!
Oh Christina – what a fabulous post – it’s lovely to read more about you and see your smiling face! Thanks so much for your kind words and I am also a fan of Kathryn and Emma’s blogs too……seems we have the same taste! Karen
@Karen, Christina really is wonderful and I am so glad you enjoyed learning more about her!
This is a wonderful feature of Christina! Interesting what her perfect breakfast is because I had that kind of breakfast when I visited Germany a long time ago. That’s their staple breakfast! By the way I am loving that cupcake. Christina is so talented! I definitely have to check out her blog! Thanks for sharing Andi 🙂
@Cara, it is so funny how you can find similarities in food across cultures and countries.
😀 Wow the food looks really yummy, I’d like to check more into her blog! I looove chocolate croissant, it would be nice to make one.
Those cupcakes look adorable! 🙂
@Debi, I know so cute!
Friday Foodie! My favourite day of the week – I always love checking out new blogs, especially one’s that help me bake/cook a little better 🙂
@Nancy, and I love Pom Friday!
What an inspiring lady. Love reading about other food bloggers.
@Rosie, have any Australian favorites?
i’m jealous of well traveled people
I love Christina’s food blog. I always enjoy reading her beautiful posts! She is really a culinay talent!
@Hadia, so sweet of you to say and I totally agree with you!
this is fun. I always like learning things like this about people. What an interesting upbringing.
@Michelle, me too. I know Christina has a great combo of cultures to work with!
Poires au Chocolat is such a great suggestion, and of course, also this Christina. I love her butterfly cake idea.
@Mai, you have many great suggestions, I have followed some awesome new blogs because of you!
Funny — your perfect food day is MY perfect food day! And I want to be a professional eater as well. I think we’d get along swimmingly. 🙂
@Katie, seriously, next house is going to have a Katie room!
I recently met Christna, and immediately enjoyed her work and her outlook – this is a great peek at her blog! And yeah, now I’m starving!
“met online”, I should have said. 🙂
I love this. Nice way to share another person.
I love and so appreciate her advice. It’s so easy to fall into that trap of trying to emulate your favourite writer or blogger and it never comes off as genuine, because it’s not YOU!
@Michelle, the advice is so simple yet I am sure many of us often forget, it is a nice reminder!
Thanks so much, Andi, for featuring me on this Friday; I am honored and humbled by your (and everyone else’s) kind words. I agree that this is a wonderful way to get to know other food bloggers and learn more about them, as I’ve already learned about others I might never have come across if it wasn’t for your feature.
Thanks again! Christina
@Christina, it was so wonderful to have you. I am so glad we connected on Facebook and that I have had a chance to get to know you better. I love meeting new bloggers and understanding how they started, this is my favorite feature along with my travel blogger one!
Love the cupcakes! Just looking at the picture made me so hungry.
@Anna, I imagine they are as delicious as they are pretty!
Cupcakes and pasta in the same post, you are speaking my language! I’m heading over to check out the spagetti reciped now!
@Kari, yes Christina has quite an inventory – her Italian roots, her Scottish upbringing, her California life now – so many awesome food opportunities!
Great interview. I love the little cake so beautiful.
Hahah oh my gosh, the garlic!!!! I can’t imagine munching down on a clove, hahaha.
i loved hearing christina’s blog story and how she got started! 🙂
Those cupcakes! I could die!
I love getting know the bloggers behind the amazing recipes, thanks so much for this series!
Love the food blogger interviews! I would like to start a feature like this on my blog- how fun!
I love this interview! I have to say that gnocchi is also on my list of favorite things to eat! 😉
Those cupcakes look delicious, and I love her blogging advice! Couldn’t have said it better 🙂
Oooh those cakes look delish! Pinning!
I really wish I listened to your advice and not read this post while hungry! One word: Yum!!!