Like most people, I am not paid to spend my days in the kitchen; I have a full-time job doing something completely unrelated. Not only am I completely self-taught but I grew up entirely without any kind of “home cooking” in the way most people think of it. I come from a long line of working women who all greeted the advent of convenience foods like airlifted medical supplies. So I really started from ground zero with my self-instruction. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I realized that a homemade cake didn’t mean a box of cake mix and a can of frosting. Which is all to say: I came a long way.
When I’m not cooking (and even sometimes when I am) I like to read. I like to ride my bike and occasionally I’m part of a triathlon team called Bike, Bath and Beyond. I play hockey with a great group of women who are so lovely they don’t seem to care that I can’t ever remember what “off sides” is. After the dishes are done you can find me sitting in my backyard in my hammock or on the couch in front of the fire.