When I turned 49 I wanted to write a cookbook with my favorite recipes, along with the stories about the people who shared those recipes with me. As that half century mark approached (and there was no book) I switched gears and started this blog – 50 recipes to celebrate the 50 years of my life. That was three years ago.

It turns out that with kids + a garden + a job + life in general I needed more time. The more I wrote the more I realized how much I loved the process of writing and telling food stories. So, despite being a wee bit over the 50 and having published more than 50 recipes, this blog continues.

A very young cook

I got an early start

I’ve been paid to cook since I was 13, though I was spending time in the kitchen long before that. By the time I was 18 I knew I wanted to be a cook. In my mid 20s I switched over restaurants to food styling which is really just cooking for the eyes. I make food look pretty for photography, television, and  videos. I’ve also taught cooking classes, catered, made a whole bunch of wedding cakes (including my own), hosted a kid’s cooking show before the Food Network ever existed, developed recipes, wrote articles for kid’s magazines, and tested recipes for several cookbooks. I’ve been lucky to  spend much of my life around food. For me cooking is like breathing –  I do it because my body can’t help but do it.

Easy Bake Oven

My first oven – the Easy Bake Oven

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