I am a proudly nerdy girl living in lovely Bushwick Brooklyn, NY with my fiance, 2 cats, too many books, and too much yarn. I'm finishing my undergraduate degree in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Cultural Anthropology. I work with anatomical oddities, cabinets of curiosity, circus and sideshow "freaks," and am writing my thesis on the human body as a spectacle.
I love having friends over for lively evenings of boardgames, movies, videogames and great food. I love cooking for the people I care about, and I bake when I'm stressed. I take pride in cooking and consuming local, seasonal foods and products, and can't wait to move back to Michigan where I can have a garden and a grill again!
I flat-out refuse to buy beer that comes from a warehouse or is owned by some massive company or corporate conglomerate. I believe that every foodstuff we consume should be a labor of love that reflects our diverse communities and climates.
My favorite things to cook
Anything local, homegrown, seasonal, artisanal and/or handcrafted. For me cooking is about humanity, not simply sustenance -- it is an expression not only of myself, but of my community, personal philosophy, politics, and freedom of expression.
Kitschy Americana and Retro-Futuristic Foods! Jell-o fascinates me, and I love making "American classics" like pies, Mac and Cheese with crumb topping, meatloaf, cookies and cakes.
I also love more "serious" cooking, and love experimenting with new cultures and flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad could put a shoe on the grill and make it taste good, my mother makes the best scrambled eggs ever to be cracked!
The family traditions that have best served me so far is being creative with your ingredients, knowing that recipes are little more than guidelines for most MOST foods, and to cook for leftovers!
My cooking triumphs
I am a whiz at picking up new skills, and love exploring new techniques. I rarely use recipes, and when I do I usually modify them (except for BAKING baking). There is no such thing as too much garlic, and everything is better without a microwave.
My cooking tragedies
When I am displaying something and it lands on the floor, that is a tragedy!