I’m a thirty-something public defender living and working in Brooklyn, New York with my husband, Scott, and our dog Benny. I didn’t grow up with a passion for food and cooking. As a child, family dinners were pretty perfunctory (no offense, Mom!). For a long time as an adult, I was on a first name basis with the neighborhood delivery men. But then I went to law school. Stressful, traumatic, soul-sucking law school. It was during those three harrowing years that I realized I needed an outlet, something involving creativity and a routine that would give me an excuse to leave that dreaded library cubicle. So I started opening recipe books instead of Contracts texts, and it changed everything for me (no surprise, it also earned me a C+ in Contracts). Now, as a working lawyer, I love my job, but I also love the opportunity to come home at the end of the day and get to do something wholly different than the tasks that defined the previous eight hours. Cooking has become a great catharsis for me, and arguably cheaper than therapy.
With this site, I hope to challenge myself in the kitchen. Try new techniques, recipes, go off-recipe entirely and trust my instincts. I want to have fun while gaining new skills and honing my palate. I’ll tell you what succeeded, what failed miserably, and what my learning process is like. Cooking, like much of life, is an ongoing series of trial and error, and I’m just striving to be better everyday at something I love to do.