He Calls Me “The Blonde Italian”


Hi, my name is Debbie. I am the author and photographer here at my blog I call “The Mountain Kitchen”, a blog where I share delicious homemade recipes, using clean food ingredients, including grilling recipes by my husband David, reminisce about life and tell stories about mountain life. I am a Melanoma Survivor and share with others my experience with skin cancer to help raise awareness for this deadly disease.

I grew up a farmer’s daughter so deep in the country that the roads have no lines on them. I now live on the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, with my husband and love of my life, David and our cat named Ashes.

I have always loved to cook. As a child, I watched both of my parents cook and never turned the television away from the great Julia Child or Justin Wilson when they were on PBS. I didn’t realize how much I was absorbing. Inspired by something I saw, (long before Food Network or the Cooking Channel existed) I would go outside and have my own cooking show right there in the backyard. I would steal vegetables out of my parent’s garden to incorporate into my recipes that mostly consisted of mud. Believe me, my mud battered hydrangea leaves were the best-fried fish around. Especially those mud pies I used to make.

I have been torturing people for years by uploading pictures of finished dishes to social networking sites. I want to share my dishes with others, but I’m afraid that a lot of people have hidden me or deleted me for posting pictures of food all the time. That’s why I have decided to become a… Wait for it… “FOOD BLOGGER”!! Yeah, I know, oh, another one of those right?!… I like being able to keep some kind of journal about what I do in the kitchen and our life on the mountain.

I started this blog in February of 2013 with terrible smoker’s flu and a passion for food. I really didn’t know I was going to like blogging so much. Writing this blog has been a great experience. It has given me some great opportunities, and most importantly it has given me some pretty great friendships. I did not expect to make so many new friends. I love communicating with people from different walks of life all over the world. Sharing experiences with others and then learning from them and their experiences.

I get asked all the time where I find the recipes that I cook. My answer is always the same. I find almost all of my recipes online or in magazines, but I almost always put my own spin on them, usually taking out anything processed and making them as natural as possible. I love food and this makes it easy for me to become inspired to cook and want to cook.

My blog is designed to get readers to laugh, learn something new and find something good to cook and eat. We are Meatless on Monday, we grill often and occasionally I bake. There is always something good to eat and a story to go along with the food. In our mountain kitchen, you never know what is going to happen.

My favorite cuisine to make is Italian. Yes, all those wonderful ewwy gooey cheesy, pasta covered in tomato sauce. It’s truly my comfort food. I guess that’s why David calls me “The Blonde Italian”.  I don’t have a single drop of Italian blood in me. I only can assume, my passion for Italian cuisine comes out in the taste of the dishes I make.

Thank you for stopping by to visit us at The Mountain Kitchen. Your visits are what makes all of this so worthwhile. It is you! You, the person that took 5 minutes out of their day just to see what kind of crazy meals David and I made, what His Royal Highness has been up to, our life here up on the Blue Ridge or to read the crazy stories like the one about bears and goats.

Our wish for you is that you get a good laugh, learn something new and find something good to eat while you are here. Then take it with you and share it with others.

Thanks for your visit. Please come back soon!


32 thoughts on “He Calls Me “The Blonde Italian”

  1. *spell check alert*You grew up on a farmer’s daughter!!! Let me see if I read that right..Yup, you grew up on a farmer’ daughter. That’s funny. And I assume a typo, maybe. I dunno, maybe you did grow up on top of a farmer’s daughter. I shant judge. Just thought I’d point it out in case it was a boo boo.

    Oh yes, and feel free to delete my comment here too. No offense will be taken!


  2. LOL! Nice “About Me” page – it sets a good tone for the rest of your website.

    My daughter loved watching food stations when she was little and she still does now. I did the basics to keep us fed but she loves doing all the fancy stuff.


  3. I must admit I was tickled when I say Justin Wilson’s name in this post. Growing up in Baton Rouge we watched him every time he was on TV. My Papaw had a lot of his recipe books and loved to cook a lot of his meals. They were, indeed, good to say the least. Thanks for jarring this memory. I love your blog by the way!

    • Hi Andy!

      Yes, Mr. Wilson was so much fun to watch. I loved all his story telling, while he would “show you what I’m gonna did for ya”. I’m glad I brought back some fond memories of your Papaw. I bet his meals were wonderful!! Funny how little things can take you back in time.
      Thanks for following my blog! I enjoy yours as well. 🙂


  4. Connie Tate

    I love your blog! Though we work together, I will not take advantage and try to get recipes and tips on the side. LOL. I do plan to share your blog with my sisters and my niece in California, that loves to cook. Great job Debbie!

  5. Liz Colvin


    • Hello Liz!
      Your mountains are quite different from ours. I bet they are just beautiful! We’ve never been to the west coast, but it is on our buck list of places to go.
      The shrimp tacos are one of our favorite recipes. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripped for sharing with others. I hope you’ll let us know how the tacos go.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.

  6. Even though we come from different countries we have a lot in common. I was brought up on a farm in Germany and when I immigrated to the US many years ago I loved watching Julia Child. I also love to cook and I am glad I found your blog . I look forward to reading your posts.

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  8. I just found your site and I’m so glad I did! I was looking for saltine crackers and happened upon yours 🙂 I am more excited, though, because I am also in Virginia and near the Blue Ridge Mountains and I recently started food blogging–so I’m happy to ‘meet’ another local foodie!

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