I’m a cook, food writer and recipe developer based in New York. Since 2019 I’ve been a recipe contributor to The New York Times, and I’m the creator of the site you find yourself on now: LideyLikes, a collection of recipes, cooking ideas, and musings on entertaining.
As a kid, meals at my house weren’t big occasions, with one important exception: family dinners at my grandparents’. My whole extended family would gather in the dining room (my cousins and siblings and I at the nearby “kids’ table”) for a feast my grandfather had spent all day making. There was something about those dinners–the pot of red sauce simmering away on the stove, the endless platters of pasta and salad, and the grownups’ laughter as they lingered at the table long after dinner–that first introduced me to the power of food.
I made the occasional batch of cookies or loaf of banana bread growing up, but it wasn’t until college that I started to cook more frequently, my friends and I trying our hands at various dishes and recipes in our communal kitchen. These haphazard gatherings slowly morphed into a tradition of meals around a crowded table with mismatched silverware, cheap red wine and the fruits of our labor. These dinners reminded me of those early family gatherings and the ability home cooking has to bring people together.
After graduating from college in 2013, I moved to East Hampton, New York, where I began my food career as Ina Garten’s assistant. I started as her social media manager but learned to test and develop recipes along the way. Then in 2020, after 6 years with the Barefoot Contessa family, I was ready for a new adventure. I spent the summer and fall working for another chef I had long admired, Erin French at The Lost Kitchen in Maine. I also got to appear on Magnolia Network’s The Lost Kitchen TV series…nerve wracking at first as I fumbled my way through breaking down chickens on camera, but by the end of the season, I could do it with my eyes closed (don’t worry I didn’t!)
Today I’m continuing to grow LideyLikes, which now includes a community of more than 100k followers, subscribers and readers. I’ve also been lucky enough to have my work featured in Food & Wine, Food Network Magazine, Delish and The Kitchn.
When I’m not testing recipes, you can find me reading, day-dreaming about moving upstate, and eating my way through Brooklyn with my fiancé Joe and our Welsh Terrier, Winkie.
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