I was born and raised in Kansas and learned to cook alongside my mother. Now, along with my wonderful husband, I have taken the plunge into the city life in New York. These are my food adventures: in my own tiny kitchen, and in the many restaurants of the city.


I grew up in a town of 150 people in Kansas. As a child I always loved being in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother, watching them create hearty family meals. My mom especially was a master at creating a full meal out of what seemed to be nothing and I was always in awe of her ability to recreate any dish she had tried without a recipe.

In high school I was too involved in school, sports and work to spend much time cooking, so by the time I reached college I realized that I didn't know nearly as much as I thought I did about preparing food. I floundered around a lot in the kitchen, at times turning out a successful meal, but more often than not failing. A lot of calls and questions were made to mom.

After college and after I married Joe, I did a lot of experimenting with food, despite lacking some of the basic principles of cooking. Joe suffered through many a strange (and sometimes terrible) meal. Once we moved to New York, however, my culinary "training" exploded. I was bombarded with new information, new ingredients and had the opportunity to work in restaurants (as a server) where the chefs actually knew what they were doing and did it really well. It took moving to New York City, the land of innovative, creative, expansive cuisine, for me to go back and learn the cooking basics. This blog is an exploration of all I have experienced and learned, and continue to grow as a cook. Hope you can enjoy the journey with me!

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