We’ve tested a lot of pasta alla Norma recipes in our day, and we gotta say, after trying this one, we’re calling it quits on our search.
Natalie Reebel, Recipe Tester
A list of all the recipes Natalie Reebel has tested.
Natalie Reebel grew up in southern California in a home that put ethnic fusion on the table long before restaurants pretended to have invented it. Her maternal grandparents were from Italy, and her paternal grandmother from Mexico. Her family would also seek out German, Asian, and Scandinavian cuisines at restaurants. Despite having such an early and expansive exposure to food, Natalie hadn’t made anything from scratch aside from lasagna and cookies before getting married. Her family feared that the young couple would either starve or go broke from eating out, but Natalie taught herself how to cook. Based on popular demand, she even started a home-based cheesecake factory, though it was short-lived since she realized she just had too many plates in the air with a full-time career and a more-than-full-time family. She now finds being in the kitchen a joy and a stress-reliever. She respects the work of Michael Pollan and practices her belief in the principles of families eating together, keeping food simple, avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and supporting local producers. Natalie is now sharing this philosophy via a high school culinary arts class she’s currently teaching in Southern Oregon.