meI am a self taught home cook.  I remember cooking at a very young age with my mother, and baking with my grandfather.   Some of my earliest childhood memories are of food.  I really found my passion for cooking about 5 years ago.  I was a drug addict for a good chunk of my teen and adult life.  When I gave up the drugs and got back to life, I found cooking.  It gave me something to be passionate about, which was something I had always lacked in my life.   I started reading recipes, and other cooking books.  I watched the Food Network almost obsessively.  Most important of all, I got creative.  I do not follow any recipe to the letter.  I get a basic idea and then I add my own twists.  There have been some pretty big blunders along the way, but I have learned from all of them.

Today I cook for my hubby, Mark as well as his daughter and my friends.  The best thing about cooking for me, is sharing it with people.  I love watching faces light up as they eat my food.  It’s the best reward I can get.

I believe it is the responsibility of every home cook (and Chef) to provide healthy, balanced, varied and delicious meals.  I try my best to teach my step daughter about proper nutrition so that she can make educated, healthy food choices in her coming teen years.  I do not believe in serving processed or pre-packaged foods.  I do my best to cook as much as I can from scratch, whenever I can.  Not only is this healthy, but more economical as well.

I have an illness called Fibromyalgia, and because of this I have recently had to make some diet changes.  Gluten is a no no for me now, so i bake with a gluten free flour blend, which i can interchange for all purpose flour in most of my recipes. Dairy is also taboo, but I have not been as successful at giving that up.  As I learn more about how to replace dairy, I will share it with you.  In the meantime, its going to be a lot of experimentation.

In short, I could easily say that cooking saved my life, and will continue to do so.

I look forward to sharing my passion with you 🙂