One of my favorite ways to enjoy chutney is atop brie, broiled to gooey, deliciousness. While I cannot take credit for this culinary pairing, I think there is something especially good about this cherry-chipotle chutney with brie. The sweetness of the cherry, the heat of the chipotle, the tang of the vinegar, the crunch of the almonds, the floral-citrus notes of the coriander seeds and cloves all provide a wonderful complement to the mellow, buttery, creaminess of the brie. I usually serve this on crackers, although fresh (or toasted) baguette would also pair nicely. Note: This chutney would also be delicious with grilled lamb or pork, or even spice up a roasted meat sandwich. —gingerroot
My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love.
Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.