I’m a law firm executive by day and a wannabe chef by night. In full disclosure, I learned to cook by watching the Food Network. After college I discovered Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s cooking show on the network, Two Hot Tamales. That’s the first time I remember thinking I wanted to go in the kitchen and attempt to make a “real” recipe. Previously, my efforts consisted mostly of convenience types foods. And, I didn’t learn much about cooking at home because my mom worked long days and many long nights – so, our meals were fast and simple. Although, her baked beans, peanut butter fudge and a few other choice dishes are legendary.
After Two Hot Tamales, I turned my attention to Rachael Ray, who was really ahead of the curve creating fast, flavorful dishes that made so many feel competent and capable in the kitchen for the first time. Then, I discovered the person who would change my whole perspective on cooking and entertaining, Ina Garten. Without knowing it, she’s taught me more about cooking than anyone…period. But, let’s face it, Ina’s cooking isn’t exactly figure friendly. My focus has now become using the techniques I’ve learned to create a wide variety of healthy, balanced meals without sacrificing flavor.
I have developed many of my own recipes over the years and am often asked to share recipes only to realize they were all in my head, which is part of the reason I decided to start this site as a motivation to put these recipes on “paper.” Also, I am constantly on the lookout for recipes from my favorite cooks and chefs that I recreate or adapt for our diet preferences. I will do my best to share these with you and hopefully give you ideas on how to diversify your family’s dinner routine while serving balanced, healthy, and mostly simple to prepare dishes. Join me on this journey…cooking our way to a better us.