Here goes...my first blog. I have been lurking for a few months. I have been so inspired by so many amazing blogs and talented and creative people all over the world. Since I am an avid cook of all things Italian, and I love Italy I thought "My Dear Kitchen" might sum up part of who I am and what is important to me.I am originally from New York, and now l am blessed to live in Leucadia, California, part of the city of Encinitas. I want to share some things about this great beach town I live in, its a throw back to the 70's in many ways, a small town, with great people, lots of natural beauty, awesome Italian restaurants, a true sense of spirituality, cool shops, beaches, a strong surf culture and a great place to visit. Please excuse my initial mistakes in "blogging". Hopefully, after a few posts I will get better at it.