Greetings! I’m Carla, the creative force behind AdventuresofaNurse, and it’s a true delight to have you here with us! I feel compelled to introduce myself a bit further: My husband of thirty years, Rick, has been an unwavering source of support—my pillar in our shared voyage through life. Together, we’ve reveled in the joys of parenthood, with our son Richard accomplishing his master’s degree and planting roots in Virginia, and our daughter Nicole showcasing her skills as a professional photographer in New York. They’ve given us the gift of grand pups, our family tapestry is a rich one, woven with love and close bonds.

About Adventures of a Nurse

Welcome to the place where my two passions—healthcare and culinary arts—merge. I’m Carla Bushey, and I’ve transitioned from a dedicated nursing career of over 25 years into the dynamic world of food blogging. This space is dedicated to bringing you a treasure trove of recipes, each a testament to the tastes and traditions that resonate with my soul. My home, the beautiful Upstate New York, serves as the backdrop to my culinary creations, often inspired by the rich cultural heritage and the classic Italian cuisine of my hometown, Utica. Dishes like the beloved Chicken Riggies and the comforting Utica Greens are more than just recipes—they are stories, shared from my kitchen to yours.

In an exciting evolution of AdventuresofaNurse, my daughter Nicole Wood, with her artistry in food photography, and her husband Bradley Wood, a professional chef, has joined forces with me. Their expertise elevates every recipe to a harmony of flavors and visuals.

We invite you into our world, where food is not just sustenance, but a journey filled with innovation, delight, and family warmth. Let’s embark on this culinary voyage together, embracing both delicious meals and the health-conscious principles I hold dear from my nursing background. Get ready to be inspired, and here’s to creating lasting memories—one recipe at a time. Happy cooking, and cheers to the many culinary adventures that lie ahead!

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Updated 2/2024


  1. Hi Carla! I saw an article about you in our paper- I live in Utica too! I blog as well, and I haven’t really met anyone else from the area that blog…especially with so much success! I was really inspired by your story. I’m glad to have read it!


    1. You have an awesome site as well! I do not know any other bloggers from our area! I would love to meet up with you.

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