Thank you for visiting my website! One thing you should know about me is that I’m not a professional chef. In fact, I didn’t even grow up in the kitchen learning from some Italian grandma, though my grams did make a fantastic tomato sauce. Until I got to college, I could barely cook Macaroni & Cheese right out of the box.
My now-husband came into the picture and I wanted him to think I was some domestic goddess (while that’s far from the truth, something must have worked since we’re married now!) I started watching the Food Network and realized that this cooking stuff didn’t seem so hard afterall. So I tried a recipe. And then another. And then people started to be really gracious and appreciative when I cooked for them. I was completely addicted. It wasn’t long until my aspirations of going to veterinary school morphed into a dream of being a personal chef and caterer. I catered some big parties including an auction for 130 people! I’m glad I gave it a try but the stress and management skills that go in hand with catering weren’t my style.
So why did I start this blog? Well, I had to do something, anything really. My obsession with food consumes me. All day long I dream about food, scour the internet for recipes, and read cookbooks to fall asleep at night. I absolutely love to get other people excited about food, particularly if its an ingredient they don’t normally like. I started this blog because I realized that I couldn’t wait any longer. There would be no perfect time where I was jobless with a stocked bank account so that I could have the freedom to pursue my goals. Actually, our lives probably couldn’t be any busier. I work a full time job and then help out with my husband’s business in the evenings and on the weekends. While it doesn’t leave me much time to post on here, I hope you’ll stick with me in hopes that one day I’ll be able to devote more time to this website.
MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY:
In Seattle where I live, we are blessed with a bounty of fresh food (seafood, berries, mushrooms, beef, veggies, you name it!) So, I try my best to make use of what is locally grown and in season. Not only is it less expensive to cook that way, but I support my local farmers and economy, and the food doesn’t travel so far to get to my plate. I’m not perfect by any means, but I try to leave a small carbon footprint where possible. My philosophy is that it’s all about baby steps when it comes to changing up your eating, cooking and shopping habits. For my recipes, I tend to use only a few fresh ingredients in a way that will still wow your family or guests. I hope that you’ll see an ingredient on here that you’ve never cooked before (mussels? oysters?) and that I can give you the confidence to try something new.
MY NON-FOOD LIFE
Aside from being addicted to cooking, I also love dogs, wine, fishing and traveling. My husband owns a surf/skate shop and we spend lots of time doing all sorts of sports like kiteboarding, wakesurfing, and standup paddleboarding. We followed our dream of building a little house in southern Baja California, Mexico, and we try to spend about 6 weeks down there in the winter when it’s completely miserable here in Seattle. I have a 6 year-old mutt named Axl who might creep up on here in a few posts.