photo (9) CroppedHi!  I’m glad you stopped by!  I’m Cheryl and the author and photographer of PastaPrincessandMore. Recipes that I share come out of my kitchen in Northeast Ohio.

In my “perfect world” I would be living on the beach in a warm, sunny climate spending my days walking the beach looking for seashells, soaking up the sun, and traveling the world, hiking with my camera, and of course, creating new and colorful pasta creations!

One of my passions is nature photography.  Looking through the lens of the camera, I am totally in the moment; time stands still.  I enjoy and appreciate all beauty – music, the arts, nature … flowers blooming in my flower beds, the dew glistening on leaves in the early morning, the smell of fresh falling rain, the sun as it sets over the ocean and creates a canvas of beautiful colors across the sky.

I have learned so much through the years about life, passions and dreams . . . and I’m still learning every day.  I love using my creative talents and I find food blogging to be a creative outlet to connect with others and share what I have learned, and to share my passion for creating delicious meals.  Enjoy life, enjoy the journey, one moment at a time!



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  1. Hi Cheryl!

    Thanks so much for signing up to follow my blog! I hope you enjoy every single visit.
    Your recipes look amazing—and your pasta looks incredible! How’d you get those stripes in the ravioli? I’ll have to comb through your site to find out. I have a wonderful recipe for Black Bottom Cupcakes as well—I actually remember clipping it out of the Plain Dealer back in the 70s. Yes, I’m that old. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, but now live in Virginia where, I’m sorry to tell you, there’s pretty much nonstop sun. It’s nice to e-meet another Buckeye!

    Take care, and thanks again for the follow!

    All best,

    • Hi Marci!

      It is my pleasure to follow your blog! You have a great blog and I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks for stopping by! I do have a post that shows how I made the stripes in the ravioli – it really is not as hard as you may think, just a bit time consuming. My mother used to make black bottom cupcakes when I was growing up so that recipe, in one form or another, has been around for awhile and they are still as good as ever. How lucky for you to get out of Northeast Ohio! lol My husband and I want to move South to sunnier skies and a warmer climate but we’ll have to work out the logistics – not as soon as we’d like! Semms we have quite a few things in common – it is nice to e-meet another Buckeye! 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your recipes and pictures look amazing. I will definitely be trying out some of them. Have you submitted any of your pictures to Foodgawker?

  3. Just wanted to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day and to let you know I have awarded you The Liebster Award. Check out my post today for more details. Love your blog, keep up the good work.

  4. Hi there – found you today after you read and commented on my Orzo salad post on my blog…and I’m so happy you did – you’ve got some fantastic recipes that I can’t wait to try! Thanks for checking me out…looking forward to ‘exchanging’ recipes! 🙂

  5. Hey Cheryl! Thank you for popping by to read my post. I’m so glad you did cos it led me to your great blog! And how great is it that I’m (finally) going to invest in a pasta machine! I’ve already spotted so many things I want to try… Yum… Can’t wait!

    • I love discovering new blogs and enjoyed looking through yours! Thank you so much for the nice compliment! Once you get your pasta machine look out, it might become an addition! 😉 Once you make your own pasta you will never want store bought pasta again.

  6. Cheryl, I’m so glad I found you. The photos of your pasta are just stunning (I’m sure you’ve heard that a ton already). It’s not fair that I’m going to have to do a little extra on the elliptical so I can indulge. Looking forward to what you’ll be sharing with us next!

    • Hi 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the kind words! I sincerely appreciate it! I’m thinking I need to step up my exercise with all this pasta!! Have a great day!

  7. Great colors for such a “simple” food. We, too, love to cook, travel, and my hubby loves nature (and now food) photography as well. In November, we got to share homemade gnocchi with the owners of the B&B that we frequent in Florence, Italy. It’s a labor of love for sure! You can see her creations on our blog as we celebrated “Gnocchi Day” on the 29th of each month.

    Keep up the great work!


    • Hi 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your comments – I appreciate that so much! I will be sure to check out your blog and the gnocchi. I’ve been thinking of making those next. How fortunate you were to travel to Italy! That is on the top of my list! Have a great day!

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    • Ahhh … thank you so very much! I have been nominated already for the versatile blogger award, but that doesn’t diminish the award any less. I so much appreciate it – thank you Tin Man!! I will have to do a post anyway on the award. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Hi there Tin Man. I’m so excited to tell you that you are FIRST this time! Thank you so much Tin Man for the SunShine Award and for passing on the smiles! We all can use Sunshine in our lives … I will bask in this sunshine for awhile! 🙂

      • Oh my … I’m so sorry. No you have not offended at all! I haven’t been very good at keeping up with things lately … it seems I’m in over my head. My perennial flower beds have always kept me busy and this year I added vegetable gardens! Seems I’m a glutton for punishment lol. Actually, I am quite enjoying the vegetable gardens and watching them come up and grow from seed. I thought of you when I was looking at my Iris plants blooming. 🙂 I’ll try to do better Mr. Tin Man. 🙂

  11. You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

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  12. Congratulations! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award ☺

    *** The Liebster, which means ‘favorite’ in German, is a way to recognize your favorite blogs that have fewer than 200 followers. What a great and supportive way to get the word out about up and coming blogs!

    When you receive the Liebster award, you are supposed to do the following:

    1. Choose five up and coming blogs to give the Liebster award to. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
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    • Thank you very much! I very much appreciate the compliments and the award! It means a lot to me to know that other bloggers enjoy my blog. I’m so glad I inspired you – home made pasta is the best – I’m sure yours will turn out great! Have a great weekend and thank you for the award! 🙂

    • Thank you very much for the nice compliment! You made my day! 🙂 I’m sure your pictures don’t look horrendous! I know I’m really critical of my own pictures as well. Have a great day!

  13. Hi Pasta Princess!

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now. I have a pasta-making related question and thought who better to ask than you.

    I recently purchased a pasta roller (a simple one like this, although I honestly don’t remember the brand off the top of my head: http://www.target.com/p/cucina-pro-pasta-machine/-/A-715184?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C715184&CPNG=Kitchen&kpid=715184&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=715184). The first time I made pasta, my dough was too wet. It got all stuck and caught up in the attachment that cuts the pasta dough into neat little pasta pieces. Now it’s hardened, but still stuck in many hard to reach, inner parts of the attachment. I’ve tried rolling some fresh dough through to try to clear it out, but that just gets stuck on the old crusty dough and doesn’t help.

    How do I clean it? It says not to put it in the dishwasher or wash with soap and water to avoid rust… I don’t know what to do! I’d like to use the attachment… it looks so much easier than cutting the pieces by hand!

    I hope to hear from you soon.


    • Hi there!

      Sorry for the slow response .. I’ve not been quite as active on my blog lately – taking a little break for awhile. The only thing I could suggest is maybe trying a toothpick and a small brush. My pasta attachment operates on the same basic principal and it too says no water or sharp objects. But it came with a brush and it says that a toothpick may be used. I used that and it does help. I hope it works for you! When I made my first batch of pasta mine too was too sticky. Thanks for stopping by and asking. I’m glad to see you are making pasta! 🙂

  14. hi there..
    i just love to make my homemade pasta fron stratch too..
    i just like infused pasta, colour and flavour actualy…
    squid ink, basil puree, colorful veggies puree and many more, you name it..
    you’ve expert even more..
    thx for sharing then…

    • Hi and thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment. I think making pasta is addictive, it’s so much better fresh and the possibilities are endless. Have a great weekend.

  15. Great blog! I love your style and taste in food. And your garden is gorgeous! Nice to find your little space in the blogoshere! 🙂 I look forward to following and seeing what you are up to!

  16. Hey Cheryl! My husband and I just came upon your sight and are already swooning over it! While I cannot cook by myself (lets just say I am a magnet for disaster in the kitchen), my husband LOVES to cook and loves to come up with the most amazing and creative dishes just from the top of his head! I always tell him he should be on Gordon Ramsey’s Master Chef but he just laughs. He and I have already written down at least over a dozen recipes he wants to try (we cook together in kitchen, or rather, he cooks and I clean up behind him!) Definitely looking forward to trying to Kabobs! Chris has some seriously great meals he cooks! I’ll have to write down how he does them and what he uses and post them! He has an incredibly pallet and a way with flavors and textures! I am so excited to really dive into your blog and cook up some of your amazing recipes!! Thank you so much for posting them!!

    • Hi :-). Wow what a nice compliment! Thank you for taking the time to write and let me know you liked my blog – I love getting feedback! Let me know how you like them. :-). I think that’s wonderful that your husband cooks and to do so without recipes is really a talent! Who knows with your encouragement he may one day be on food network!! If you get a chance to post his recipes I’d love to see and try them. Thanks again and have a fun Labor Day! 🙂

  17. looked through a ton of your recipes and am definitely going to put them to use 🙂 the reason for this contact though is you have an amazing photo of mill creek park on your site and I would love to be able to use it for a project that i’m working on if it would be okay with you. if you could contact me at your earliest convenience that would be great thank you so much.

    • Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice compliment. Thank you for asking permission to use my photo. Yes, you may use my photo as long as you credit me on the photo. I’m curious, what kind of project are you working on?

  18. Hi, I’m following your blog now and I just wanted to let you know that I love your photography, especially your decorated sugar cookies- they’re my favorite cookie of all time. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hi 🙂 Thank you so much for the follow! I hope you find some recipes that you will enjoy. Thank you so much for the nice compliment about my photography … it sure was a struggle in the beginning and I continue to try to improve.

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