This week, we’re proud to feature Cindy Anschutz Barbieri of Cindy’s Table in the Blogger Spotlight. For those new to the column, every Friday, we highlight a member of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network, a limited group of bloggers who write about food and drink.We look to this group of talented food writers for inspiration and participation in The Daily Meal, whether for restaurant recommendations or new recipes to try out for dinner. Our editorial team covers All Things Food and Drink, and we tap the CCN to keep up to speed on what is happening around the country and the world — from fine dining to home cooking.
In addition to blogging at and creating Cindy’s Table, Cindy Barbieri is a cookbook author, home chef, and entertaining expert. She showcases her talent for making healthy, no-fuss meals through her recipes, instructional videos, and her new cookbook, Paleo Italian Cooking.I have always enjoyed cooking for family and friends and seemed to be the go-to for easy weeknight recipes.
Her passion for Italian food starts with her childhood, as she grew up in a large Italian family. Today, twice yearly trips a year to Tuscany with her husband continue to develop her taste and knowledge of classic Italian food.
The Daily Meal: What is the mission of your blog?
Sharing easy one-pot healthy recipes and entertaining tips.
How did you get started with your blog?
I have been cooking in my nana’s kitchen before I could reach the counter rolling meatballs. I have always enjoyed cooking for family and friends and seemed to be the go-to for easy weeknight recipes. Always had that passion and anyone could stop by and we would pull up a chair. After 20 years of corporate America of owning a software training and recruiting company, I decided to walk away and start my blog. It has been extremely rewarding.
What are some foods you can’t live without?
Pasta and chicken cutlets!
What is your least favorite food?
What is your proudest blog post?
My Paleo Italian Meatballs post.
What is your most memorable comment from a reader?
My recipes help single moms prepare and enjoy healthy meals all week without the stress. I get many of them and it really makes me happy and confirms my passion and gift to share my hits with others.
What’s on your cooking playlist?
What are your favorite food blogs?
The Italian Chef.
Favorite food apps?
I don’t use any.
What is the best thing about blogging?
You get to share information with the internet world and it’s great when someone from over 10,000 miles away enjoys my recipes and posts.
Worst things about blogging?
There are so many out there and some bloggers are mean!
What recipe are you currently obsessed with?
My new Pork Cacciatore recipe.
What would even your most loyal followers be surprised to learn about you?
I was a single mother for over 10 years and at times I didn’t eat so my kids could enjoy the food they love and I always had the open door for other. I would take food off my plate without them looking and tell them I already ate so they can sit and enjoy dinner.
Five of your all-time favorite posts: