My love for cooking begins and ends with fresh, healthy ingredients - and the warmth of sharing a meal with fellow food enthusiasts. Whether at home or whipping something up by the campfire, I definitely find inspiration in the possibilities of cooking.
At home, the garden is like my secret ingredient stash, loaded with fresh herbs like thyme, chocolate mint, anise hyssop (and more!), and they play a part in nearly every meal prepared. I absolutely love connecting with nature through food, and I really try to cook with as much organic, local food as possible.
Out of the kitchen, I'm not the kind of person who settles for mediocre campfire food, and typically my healthy lifestyle takes a dive while I'm away. If I'm not backpacking, my magic cauldron Dutch oven is present, and is responsible for some of the best lasagna, peach cobbler, chili, and roast pork I've ever tasted in the wild.
Speaking of neglecting a healthy lifestyle, the holidays are also responsible for that. Nothing more fun than a messy kitchen coated with flour, strewn with half-eaten cookies and new stuffing recipes, holiday music, and a cocktail - of course!
Professionally, I've spent years in the food biz, doing everything from planning and cooking for crazy events to making sure kitchen newbies know their way around a knife, espresso machine, and a copper pan. But my heart? It's always been in the flavors, the adventures, and the family moments. Cooking isn't just a way for me to earn money – it's what my life will always be centered around!