Consider the benefits of senior living while taking advantage of the best prices of the season!

April 16, 2024

Igniting Culinary Passions at Vitalia Rockside

Category: Culinary

Author: Phillip Romano, Culinary Director

For numerous chefs, there exists a pivotal cookbook that served as the catalyst for their culinary journey. This single book ignited an idea, unlocking a passion for cooking they may not have realized they possessed. Cookbooks transcend mere collections of recipes; they serve as windows into cultures, histories, and personal narratives. With each page turn, a new adventure, tradition, or innovative technique unfolds.

Every recipe and cookbook, whether passed down through generations or reimagined, enriches our culinary culture at Vitalia Rockside. Exploring culinary resources nurtures and evolves our love for food and cooking.

I own over 100 books in my current cookbook collection. Among them, my favorite is Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halle’s Cookbook. I have modeled my career and cooking style after him and this book.

To captivate my interest, a cookbook must feature recipes I haven’t yet considered but find intriguing.

I am fortunate to have inherited recipes from both my mother and grandmother. Among my favorite recipes that I’ve developed are sausage recipes and crockpot mac and cheese.

This recipe holds a special place among my favorite dishes.

Festive breakfast skillet with eggs, meat, and veggies, perfect for Christmas morning.

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese


  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 5 cups uncooked elbow macaroni  
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta cheese cut into cubes
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp
  • stick butter cut into slices


  • Spray inside of 7-quart crockpot with vegetable spray.
  • Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours.
  • Stir every hour once done.
  • Set to warm and allow to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Generational recipes or new culinary creations can spark nostalgia and inspire our cooking journey. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, we all have that one foolproof recipe. Don’t overlook the power of beloved cookbooks and their stories. Keep sharing and savoring the diverse flavors that await us.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

Schedule your tour of VITALIA Rockside today

Join the VITALIA Rockside team

Follow Us

Copyright © 2024 Arrow Senior Living. All rights reserved.