I am a food enthusiast who loves nothing more than to get in the kitchen and whip up something new. For me, the process of making good food- that process of trial and error, learning new methods and techniques, experimenting, making mistakes- is every bit as therapeutic as a bubble bath or shoe shopping can be for other people. And lucky for me, I have no shortage of test subjects in the form of boyfriend, friends and colleagues! Although, make no mistakes, I don’t often turn down opportunities to go shoe shopping…
Like most people, I have strong likes and dislikes when it comes to food, and you’ll see that reflected in the recipes that I’ll post here- there will be no talk of bananas, turkey or pears from here on out, and I avoid mayonnaise and ketchup at all costs. But you will likely be treated to many recipes that use my favorites- mushrooms, cheese, carrots, peppers of all sorts, coffee and espresso, bacon, grains- I love quinoa, farro and barley, pasta… at the risk of this going on indefinitely I’ll stop there!
In my day job, I am a research associate at a think tank in Washington D.C., and I happen to think that there is nothing more relaxing after a long day of work than going home and making a good dinner with Jazz (the dog of course) lying directly under my feet, a glass of wine in my hand, and jazz (music, that is) playing on the stereo. I admit that at times I give in to cravings and have my favorite food- stove top popcorn!- for dinner, but I do try to eat like an adult most of the time, and am almost never disappointed with how much better I feel afterwards when I do.
In addition to being a self-described foodie, I’m also an admitted nerd (didn’t the research associate job title give me away?)- I love curling up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, be it a novel or a book on energy policy, economic history or foreign affairs. In my spare time I also enjoy hiking with Jazz and the boyfriend, traveling (Costa Rica twice in two years!), volunteering at a tutoring program here in D.C. (For Love of Children- they’re a great organization, you should check them out!!) and going to the zoo.
My Outlook on Food
I believe that food should be healthy and sustainable, but not at the cost of taste and enjoyment, and I will try to reflect that in my recipes. That said, I also believe that life isn’t complete without the occasional splurge, and from my personal experience, that you can go crazy trying to eat ‘perfectly’ all of the time- so there will be a fair number of delicious desserts and comfort foods featured here as well!
I’m always open to suggestions, so if there is something that you would like to see on the blog, just send me a comment and I’ll try to make it happen!