There’s so much space here to talk about myself! Where to start?
It was a chilly November day in Seattle when I entered the world… Did I rewind too far?
I’ve been told all my life that I’m a little odd. I can be obnoxiously girlie: I recall my parents wrestling me into pants that I absolutely refused to wear (dresses or bust!) because we had to leave the house in the middle of a blizzard. And that was last week… can you imagine what I was like as a child? But, I am just as comfortable running around playing a new sport or watching football with friends. As long as there is good food, I’m there.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with food. I’m talking a trashy romance novel-level love affair with noms. If society allowed lawful unions to perishable goods, I’m sure I would have married peanut butter by now, and have already had a thing on the side with cheese.
If you could marry a food, what would that food be? (If you also say cheese, I will go Jerry Springer on you.)
Also if you haven’t noticed, I tend to write how I think: in a polluted stream of consciousness. Don’t fight it. Just float with me.
Anyway, my background with cooking: besides a handful of cooking classes (which I enrolled in mostly for the consumption and the socializing), I have never been formally trained. I have learned a lot from my mother and grandma, a couple of friends who are the best cooks on the planet, and, mostly, by trial-and-error. My very patient mother allowed me to start making horrific messes in her kitchen since I was in grade school. Some awesome things came out of it, and some completely inedible nonsense as well, but that’s the great thing about learning, right? It’s no secret that learning from our mistakes (in theory) is perhaps the greatest way to perfect our paths. Life lesson at you. Boom.
One last thing I will say about my cooking, and probably the most important. I grew up in a Southern home, and therefore started learning how to cook delicious, hearty, heavy meals. As I grew older (and heavier and more unhealthy), I began a LONG journey of taking recipes and tweaking them to become healthier, more nutritious, less sugary, less fattening, without compromising flavor. This is now how I eat, and sharing it has been a goal of mine for a long time.
I hope you enjoy my blog, and are at the very least slightly entertained. Please don’t take life too seriously, including anything I have to say. I welcome constructive and positive comments and questions. Haters need not comment.