I grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, under the tutelage of some fine southern cooks who taught me the glories of red eye gravy, October beans stewed with ham hock, and sweet iced tea.
In college, I expanded my experience with food by apprenticing with a cheese maker for several years, during which time I not only learned how to make cheese, milk goats, and enjoy scraping cheese scum off the floor, but also the dynamics of the farmers' market and the glories of fresh, local food.
For the past three years, my husband and I have been working for his family's cookbook, the Joy of Cooking. We test and develop recipes, do food photography, write a blog, do freelance food writing, and are developing something really awesome that I can't discuss yet. Our mission is to keep people cooking.
I also currently work as a pastry cook at Irving Street Kitchen in Portland, OR.