Hi, I’m Maria Do – creator, photographer, and carb whisperer behind Murmurs of Ricotta!
I was born and raised in one of the greatest food cities in the world: New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans culture influences every recipe here, every “y’all”, and every ounce of hospitality running through my veins. Today, I live in Fort Collins, CO and try to bring my Southern roots into every dish!
In early 2020, I started Murmurs of Ricotta to put my childhood dream of “doing food for real” into action! Every day since then has been the best and most delicious time of my life. 🙂 Through my recipes, I encourage intentionality and adventure through color, flavor, and texture.
I believe when you cook with care, your food breaks sensory boundaries – taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound…when your food “murmurs” back!Maria Do, aka the lady who talks to her food
I really love cake, estate sales, TV, and more cake. My ideal evening is cozying up on my couch with a slice of chocolate cake and almond milk, watching a moody, psych-thriller, sci-fi TV show like X-Files or Stranger Things.
If you are new, I welcome you to take a look through my recipes to see what sparks your imagination! I’d suggest my highly-rated New Orleans Mardi Gras King Cake – it’s SO delicious and has been made by people all over the world.
What’s the story behind the name?
The name Murmurs of Ricotta came up during lunch at the Elysian Bar in New Orleans with one of my best friends, Tiffany! We were ruminating on their whipped ricotta appetizer, and our server comes back saying, “Did I hear… murmurs of ricotta?” Tiffany and I locked eyes and thought, this needs to be something!
Months later, when the world went on lockdown in March 2020, I decided to take the plunge to start my food blog and needed a name for it. I figured this was our shot to make Murmurs of Ricotta come to life, so at that moment, Murmurs of Ricotta, the food blog, was born!
About the Recipes
I’m what a lot of folks call ‘Type A’, so all of my recipes are carefully tested and thorough! Each recipe starts with a hand-written first draft on graph paper, then gets edited in different pen colors, and ends with a sketch plan for how to style the photograph! My food photos are styled to make food look its best while staying as natural as possible.
More About the Author
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I was surrounded by the most diverse melting pot of cuisines. From Vietnamese to Mexican, Cajun-Creole to New Orleanian, these cuisines shaped my taste buds. They, and countless hours of Food Network, continue to inspire my recipes today!
I have always had an affinity for cooking and baking but fell deeply in love with it while healing through some tough times. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer and was a hair away from permanently losing my voice during an 11-hour surgery. I am forever thankful for the expert team of surgeons, doctors, and nurses whose meticulous care saved my voice.
After months of speech therapy, radiation, years of nerve recovery, and a second cancer recurrence, I have made a full recovery. Cooking and baking have given me so much joy and much-needed respite to heal.
That experience pushed me to always speak up for myself and for those in need, to live authentically, and to pursue my wildest dreams. So it was only natural that a worldwide pandemic shutdown sparked something in me to start Murmurs of Ricotta.
Today, I live in Fort Collins, CO with my husband Dan, who I met while in college at LSU. After graduating, I cut my teeth in food photography and marketing at a farm-to-table startup. I learned about all kinds of cuisines and ingredients from our chefs and farmers which leveled up my appreciation for a sustainable food system. I learned how to run a business, how to make mistakes (so many mistakes!), and also how to make the simplest ingredients taste delicious.
Since then, I have focused on intentionality in my food – bringing the most of out every ingredient!
Have a question or want to collaborate? Message me below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!