Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. I'm Sarah Shilhavy. Nice to meet you too. I'm home educated and a mom-taught and self taught cook. I am also a grandma-taught and self-taught baker and the youngest of 3 kids (2 older brothers). I was born in the Middle East and lived in the Philippines for almost 5 years (my mom is Filipino), and have also lived in different parts of the US. My parents own Tropical Traditions, the first company to import Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US. I manage Tropical Traditions' coconut recipes blog (named Free Coconut Recipes, look it up). I've developed many recipes, some gluten-free, using Coconut Flour.
Notice all the awesome photos here on the blog and profile? They're by my brother Jeremiah. He takes all my product and recipe photos that you will see here in my profile and in my blog posts. Obviously, he's really good at it. ;)
My favorite things to cook
Pastries & desserts! I like cooking because I like to eat what I make, and serve others with what I make. Coconut oil is by far my favorite ingredient, especially since it's a natural energy booster! I run, exercise, and ride horses (English Equestrian) regularly so knowing what foods will give you a natural boost of energy is always helpful!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oh, that's easy. Thanksgiving at Grandma's! She’s an amazing cook and baker. Moist, flavorful turkey, dense, rich stuffing, luscious, smooth, spicy pumpkin pie, fluffy, creamy, mashed potatoes…you drooling yet?
My cooking triumphs
The latest one was for my 16th bday. It was a 3 tiered chocolate fudge brownie cake. Never made a tiered cake before, and the cake was a combo of brownie and fudge cake batter, something I just came up with on a whim (and a birthday is the smartest time to do all this for the first time, right?). The cake was beautiful, the taste was amazing. 'Nuff said.
My cooking tragedies
Ugggh, one too many. But I'll admit, I've learned far more from my mistakes then from my "triumphs". Anyway, for years I flopped at making any type of meringue...