Ever since my first try at baking when I was five, which unsuccessfully resulted in a ruined black pan and a very upset mother, I have loved food. Try as my mother might to ban me from the kitchen, I grew up at the stove, throwing things together to make my own recipes. From cakes that never rose, icings that stuck to the roof of your mouth, dressings with no flavor, and cookies that were either too lacy or hard as a brick, I was always trying something. My Barbie cookbook was my best friend; I made the peanut butter cookies time and time again with my “secret” touch, a Hershey’s kiss pushed into the center. On rainy days, I would pour through my mother’s cookbook collection, looking to early Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, and family heirlooms to keep me entertained. School projects always had to do with food. I remember water coloring an alphabet book on fruits and vegetables and making an ambrosia salad as a book report for Driving Miss Daisy. The daughter of an army officer, I was lucky enough to spend nine years of my childhood in Germany and my family traveled extensively. From tasting the real deal puff pastry in a Parisian patisserie, seeing Parmigiano Reggiano made in Parma, and drinking German beer along the Rhine, I have seen and done things already in my life that people twice my age never dream to.
I turned this early interest in food and European experience into a restaurant career, working in some of the top restaurants on both the East and West Coast. From the farmer’s market approach Sherry Yard taught me at Spago to the molecular techniques I practiced at Providence and The Fat Duck, the seven years I spent working as a pastry cook and chef shaped how I view food. Switching gears into the world of writing, as I pursue a masters degree, that background is always present as I focus industry techniques on home cooking, seasonality and simplicity in recipes.
As a cook and writer, I am first and foremost a gourmand hoping to use each new experience to grow, learn, explore, and always eat. I started this blog because my passion is food and I love to share that passion and my adventures with others. Each post is a new lesson learned, a new challenge faced, a new food tried, a life lived for food. La Vita Cucinare.