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Hi! I’m Heather, and I like to cook. The above picture is what happens when you take a girl like me to The French Laundry. And that’s just the beginning. Wanna know more?


I’m a Southern girl at heart and by accent, although the latter has unfortunately faded somewhat. I grew up in Eastern North Carolina, where the barbecue sauce smells like vinegar because it’s the real deal. Going ‘home’ means eating a hella lotta fried chicken, cornbread, pulled pork & hushpuppies. Sweet tea to chase it all down? You betcha.

A couple of years after college, I decided it was career time, and so to grad school I went. And since I like the “go big or go home” idea, we (the Hubs aka Chris – boyfriend at the time, our 2 cats, and me) moved to Chicago, where the hot dogs come with tomatoes and the pizzas are cooked in cake pans. Thanks to Timmy O’Tooles, the road to becoming a genetic counselor was paved with pint glasses.


At some point I decided I needed one more bout of school, and in Fall ’09 I completed a year-long culinary school program at Kendall College. It was time-consuming and challenging, but oh-so-fun. What have I done with it? Cooked a lot, that’s what. Oh, and I started this blog. (Also, my jeans are a bit tighter.) But one day, one day I’m opening up a B&B in Napa – wait for it.

Culinary School

A couple of Almost 8 months ago (!), we bid Chicago adieu and our journey continued west – we landed in San Francisco, where sourdough bread is plentiful, oysters are minutes-fresh, and local means next door. While saying goodbye to Chicago was nearly impossible, we are slowly finding our way around a beautiful new area filled with glorious food, awesome people, and wine galore. I think we’re going to be We’re doing just fine ;).


The Nitty-Gritty:
Cameras? Last year, I finally procured a digital SLR (Pentax K-x). Even so, I have to say that lighting is more important than a good camera when it comes to food photography. Every so often I’ll still break out the i-Phone instead of the big daddy, because I hate being that person in the restaurant with the honkin’ camera.

Recipes? They aren’t all original, that’s for sure. I read too many food magazines and food blogs and own way too many cookbooks to not use those recipes, so I cook from recipes as ideas and adjust as I go – and I give credit where credit’s due. Whenever possible, I cook what’s in season, and try to shop local and organic. But sometimes, a girl wants asparagus in the winter and butternut squash in the summer, and every so often I cave in, too. Don’t judge.

What do I like other than cooking? I like my cat. I like my bike. I like wine, porters, stouts, and most ales. I like wearing pants (most of the time, at least). I like to travel. I like taking pictures of things. I like my friends and family. I like mountains. I like headbands. I like writing. I like sleeping in socks. I like you reading here about me. I especially like blog comments.

What do I not like? I don’t like to shave (but I still do it at least monthly). I don’t like being in the ocean (but I still scubaed once). I don’t like cleaning the stove. I don’t like driving at night in the rain. I don’t like wrinkled sheets. I don’t like lager. I don’t like layovers. I don’t like people who text and drive. I don’t like spam (the “meat” kind and the junk mail kind).


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Happy Cookin’ Folks!