If you stopped me on the street and asked me to tell you about myself, I’d say, “I am a working mom.” If you asked me what I like to do to relax and kick back with my family, I’d say, “Prepare family meals.”
A few years ago, I probably would have told you that I was a Greek-American attorney, a Penn Stater through and through, and a Western Pennsylvania girl at heart. Although I am still all of those things, being a mom is my life’s greatest treasure. My happiest moments are spent in my kitchen with my kids all around me as I make them meals inspired by my Greek roots and my love for Italian food. (I’m so glad my husband is Italian, so we eat Mediterranean meals nearly every day!)
In 2010, we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. When he was nearly one year old, we found out that I was expecting again. Almost nine months later, our precious twin daughters were born. Yes, I had three children in nineteen months!! Sometimes it still catches my breath…when I actually have a moment to think about it! Call us crazy, but we decided to try and have another little bundle of joy…and we did!!! We were blessed with another daughter in February of 2015. The net result is a very passionate, loud and hungry household. We live every day outloud with lots of LOVE.
Always busy and committed to our growing family, I’ve managed to stay committed to my career as an attorney as well. While I’ve enjoyed a wide breath of experience practicing law, I now have my own law practice, www.ziccarellilaw.com. Throughout my career, I’ve worked for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, a large firm based in Pittsburgh, the former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, small businesses, a Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Judge, and am now a sole practicioner in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. As a working mom, I practice a great deal of family law these days, and am more committed than ever to my clients and advocating for and respecting their lives and the rule of law.
I am also committed to the community in which we live. I serve on the board of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, which works to support high-quality care and education for young children from birth until age nine across 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Westmoreland. I also serve on the Advisory Board of our local Penn State campus, only a few minutes away from our home.
Mediterranean Baby has become a creative outlet for me to document and share the love I express for my family and friends through food every day. I’ve also been able to incorporate some of my experience as a mom of four children. I share some of my experience in the courtroom as well, hoping to share valuable information about the law that may not always be readily available or easy to understand.
My goal is to inspire you to create Mediterranean meals for your entire family with simple, fresh and real ingredients, despite our busy lives and careers. I hope it will inspire you to commit to meal time with family and friends. Afterall, family and friends are our greatest source of support and it’s important to nurish those relationships!
Just remember, we can’t do it all, all of the time, but we can do what we’re doing efficiently and more simply with lots of LOVE!