I’m a 25-year-old child living life in Los Angeles. I like to write, I like to read, I like to cook, and I like to eat. But mostly, I like to EAT. If I could try every item on every menu at every restaurant in LA (or the world) I would. But sadly, my waitressing salary doesn’t allow for such indulgences. So alas, I must bring the cuisine to my kitchen. Luckily, I’m almost as good at cooking as I am at eating (big thanks to my dad and Mr. Food Network).
Food has always been a huge part of my family, and I feel it connects us all still, today. Although we live miles apart—my parents/grandma in Wisconsin, my sister in Alaska, and my brother and I in Los Angeles—we stay connected through our love of grub. Most texts revolve around food we’re going to make or photos of food we’ve eaten (with the exception of priceless pics of my nephew, of course).
My method of cooking is a little out of the ordinary. I hate following recipes and using measuring cups (I’m a horrible baker, hence my dessert category, Sweet Disasters). Eyeballing and taste-as-you-go are my favorite cooking tools. I get my inspiration from a recipe and then I ditch it. What a lot of home cooks fail to realize is that it’s OK to step outside the boundaries of a recipe. Use your brain and listen to your taste buds. If you don’t like asparagus, swap broccoli. If you don’t have fusilli, sub penne. Trying to be healthier? Use fat-free dairy. Trying to be heavier? Add a stick of butter. It’s YOUR call, you are the one eating it after all.
All my recipes will include the ingredients I used and my method of cooking, but I encourage my readers to get creative. Trust your gut (pun intended) and never be afraid to ditch the recipe.
Happy cooking, everybody.