I am an ex-waitress/musician turned marketer who finds joy, balance and the meaning of life in the kitchen. My years of working in all kinds of restaurants – from Italian to brewpub to tapas – taught me about the basics of cooking, presentation and flavor profiles. I would love to go to culinary school, but I really can’t afford it right now, so you’ll just have to trust me. You can’t be born knowing everything and I am learning as I go. I love to go to restaurants and I have a bit of a celebrity chef obsession on a national and local level. My cooking is often inspired by travel. I will drag my husband all the way across a foreign city just to find some tiny hole-in-the-wall or neighborhood joint that I read about in a magazine or blog – and it’s usually worth it.
My cooking style is simple and accessible, inspired by fine foods from around the corner and around the world, fueled by the desire to know why things work and the discovery of new flavors. In other words, I’m kind of all over the place but it will taste good, I promise.
After writing this blog for a couple of years, I had to take a look at this “About” page and reflect. When I began I had visions that this blog would be like a food magazine, with regular columns and categories, some of which materialized, and others that did not. As I began yet another year with this site, I realized that I wanted to make more of it, to be a “real blogger”, to expand my opportunities with the site. But why? What motivates me? Why do I really want to do this? I had to ask myself those questions, because otherwise, why keep going? Why put so much time, effort and emotion into this? And the answer is: shared experience. Yes, food tastes good and that is great! But it’s sharing that great taste, that cultural exchange, that discovery with others that makes it for me. It’s about talking and laughing with friends over a meal, gaining understanding of someone’s culture and history by sharing a recipe, learning about people in a faraway place by tasting what flavors their everyday lives. This is what inspires me.
So please share these recipes with friends and loved ones, talk about them, talk to each other. Go out and discover new flavors from new people in new places. And share your experience with me! I’d love to hear from you!
Happy reading, cooking, and sharing,
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