Helena Spensatelli from Saucy Girl’s Kitchen

by Maureen Shaw

Helena SpensatelliHave you met Helena Spensatelli yet?  I met her online quite a while back and when I heard she lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee I considered her family.  I lived in East Tennessee for a long time but my ex-boyfriend is from Murfreesboro so I’ve spent quite a bit of time there.  My ex-husband is also from nearby Shelbyville so I’m quite comfortable in Helena’s part of the world.  Like her, I wasn’t raised in Tennessee and it takes some getting used to but everyone is friendly and kind there.

Food has always been a part of her life and most of her family is or was involved in the food industry.  Her grandfather Attilio from Italy was a well known chef at the Sheraton Belvedere in Baltimore, Maryland when Helena was a young girl.

She’s loved food all her life.  She’s a personal chef and when she lived in Los Angeles, she was a director of a cooking school.  She organizes cooking parties or team building events for most of the big-name companies in the United States.  Our Helena is no shrinking violet.  She’s incredibly talented and the recipes she develops for customers and her own blog are always easy to follow and delicious.  If I lived closer, I’d hire her as a private chef for my next dinner party because I know I wouldn’t have to think twice about anything.

Who wouldn’t love someone bold enough to create “The Best Pecan Pie in the World“?  I  have tried this and I must agree.

The BEST Pecan Pie in the World

Living away from the states for so long, sometimes food memories have heightened importance.  For instance, until Krispy Kreme opened up in Australia in a few locations, I could only think back to my university days and stopping off for coffee and donuts after class at KK.

I don’t live near a Krispy Kreme bakery so when I saw Helena’s post about her homemade donuts – just like Krispy Kreme that she made for her husband, I knew I had to try them.  I’ll admit  hers were more attractive than mine but I’ll bet mine tasted as good as hers.  You should give this recipe a try!

Homemade Donuts – just like Krispy Kreme!

Now before you think all I make are sweets, check out her Insalata Caprese and all the ways you can serve it.  You can tell she’s Italian on this one!

Insalata Caprese

Have you ever wanted yeast rolls for dinner but thought it was too time-consuming so you did without?  I’ve done that on way too many occasions but Helena has just the answer with her Favorite Quick Yeast Rolls.  You mix, roll, rise for 30 minutes and bake.  What could be easier and look at how beautiful they are?  Imagine these slathered with homemade butter.

Favorite Quick Yeast RollsFinally, I want to share with you one of my favorite light meals.  Helena’s Falafel with Tahini Sauce recipe makes a perfect lunch for me.  I take the pita bread and stuff the falafel and salad in and I’m one happy camper.  The tahini sauce just tops the whole thing off.

Falafel with Tahini SaucePlease visit Helena at Saucy Girls’ Kitchen and tell her we said to say hello.  You can like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, add her to a circle on Google+, follow on Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Maureen Shaw
Maureen is the owner of OrgasmicChef.com, EasyRecipePlugin.com, Fooderific.com and shares FoodWriterFriday with Helene Dsouza from MasalaHerb.com. She loves to cook and really loves to eat and entertain. She's on a quest to prove there ARE recipes better than sex. She's come close a time or two so she's still searching.
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John@Kitchen Riffs March 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Great profile of Helena! She’s new to me, but that’ll change. That recipe for donuts looks killer. And Mrs K R has been making batch after batch of yeast rolls lately, so she’ll be interested in that quick recipe — it looks terrific. Good read — thanks.

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Simone March 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I didn’t know Helena but will be checking out her blog now. That are some awesome recipes and I can’t wait to try that pecan pie!

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Helena August 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Maureen, thank you so much!! What a great article. I am beyond flattered. I am seeing this for the first time, either that, or I’m losing it? I have been so busy getting my new recreational cooking school open. I’ve been in a whirlwind of chaos… our Grand Opening Party is tomorrow night. Lots of food will be cooked in the next 24 hours. Wish you could be here to enjoy with us. Again, thank you! xo

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Jo Crowel September 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

Jus saw this article under an e-mail from Billy. Love you and as always am way past being proud of you. An amazing woman. You know who!

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