My recipes are particularly seasonal, with the abundance of farmers markets around Chicago, along with my little urban vegetable garden, providing inspiration throughout the year.
I come from a family with a long history with food—growing, cooking, eating, and sharing—and have continued that tradition after moving to Chicago from upstate New York 11 years ago. Cooking locally and seasonally has become both my passion and my daily bread, while my appetite has taken me around the country and abroad to learn what local, seasonal cooking tastes like elsewhere.
When my passion escapes the bounds of my kitchen, I can be found outside learning to grill something new, at the farmers market seeking out the first sour cherries, trading homemade jams and tarts at a Chicago Food Swap, or tending to my baby tomatoes at Peterson Garden Project’s Vedgewater garden.
After spending most of my day at a computer for my day job, it’s a source of peace and pride for me to come home and create something with my hands: food to nourish myself or others, a piece of art to hang on my wall, a refinished piece of furniture, a pretty pot of flourishing herbs. There’s nothing more satisfying than flour or paint-covered hands at the end of the day and something tangible to show for it.
Home, and all it implies, is my haven, and I get incredible joy from sharing it with others. I hope you find something here that inspires you to take on a project of your own!