Hi - my name is Linda. I have always loved to cook, learn new techniques and try new things or ways of combining flavors. I come by it naturally. My family is the kind of family that sits around planning the next meal or two while we're cooking the current one.
Thanks to an old high school friend who is a CIA trained chef, I got to indulge my passion as a cooking instructor for the Kids Cooking Academy at the Essex Culinary Resort and Spa in Essex,VT for a few weeks. It was a tremendous (and exhausting) experience! I think in some ways I learned more from the kids, but I tried to share with them my love of food and hopefully got them enthused about being in the kitchen, making good food from good ingredients, sharing food you make with your family and friends, and trying new things - that's what it's all about. It was also a great way to teach kids the importance of nutrition, the truth about where our food comes from and how to respect that, teamwork, preparation, communication, and a little bit of math, agriculture, and science.
- What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
- Bamboo worms and crickets in China, Sweet yak's milk butter tea in Western China, Wichity Grubs in Australia
- What do you cook when home alone?
- Risotto, curries, and soups in the winter. Anything grilled in the summer.
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
- A good knife and my immersion blender
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is: