HELLO & WELCOME!
I live in Silver Spring, MD with my husband and daughters. In 2018, I left my day job as a campaign finance analyst with the federal government to devote more time to the kitchen. I’m a self-taught food blogger, a wife, a mom, a homemaker, a semi-foodie, a Nat’s fan and a hopeful vacation taker. I’m seeking my best life one day at a time and enjoying the entire journey.
In 2016, I decided to pursue an education in the Culinary Arts and enrolled into a Traditional French Cuisine Culinary Art School. I was in my early 30’s at the time, I’m happy to say, it’s never too late to try something new and re-develop yourself!
I earned an externship at an awarded Michelin Star restaurant The Dabney. It was incredible to watch the chefs work and collaborate over menus items as the menu changed almost daily and was dependent on daily produce from local farmers. I was continuously impressed with their skills and I learned a tremendous amount in such a short period of time. I’m a self-proclaimed accidental culinary school drop out because during my time at the restaurant I discovered that my husband and I were expecting our first baby (!!) and was unable to successfully finish my externship due to the physical demands. I am forever grateful for my time there.
During culinary school, I started a blog to share stories and laughs about classes – admittedly it was tough, hard, and exhausting, but nevertheless, it was amazing and an opportunity I will always cherish. I’m so glad I had a supportive family and job to allow me that unique experience.
A new passion for food writing was born.
I grew up on canned vegetables and boxed meals, I had three favorites – Mom’s Pepper Steak, Dad’s Chicken A-La King and Hamburger Helper’s Beef Stroganoff. The closest thing I had to old-hand-me-down-family-recipes was watching my Grandma Miller’s Thanksgiving preparation, she didn’t allow anyone to help but I always enjoyed watching her in amazement as she buzzed around her kitchen. Without ever reading a recipe or measuring an ingredient, she always knew exactly what to do. To this day, I’m sad that my husband never experienced her Thanksgiving, he started going to PA with me the year she quit, now she sits back and enjoys watching all of us scramble to get the Turkey on the table. To say that she inspired me to pursue my culinary dreams would be an understatement – she’s the backbone to why I am so eager to create happiness and memories with new family recipes around my kitchen table – and yours!
I’m so happy to have you join along on the journey.
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