I’m Terry Boyd, author of the blog Blue Kitchen and an amateur chef in the best sense of the word. I cook because I love it. Not only have I never cooked professionally, I’ve actually had to overcome a childhood in which the most used utensil in the kitchen was the can opener. My cooking focuses on fresh ingredients, big flavors and a cheerful willingness to borrow ideas and techniques from all over the world. I’m a frequent contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times food section and the Christian Science Monitor online edition, and I write weekly food pieces for cable station USA Network’s Character Approved Blog. My recipes have also appeared on the Bon Appétit and Saveur websites.