Save Yourself Through Cooking

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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So often you hear how people turned their lives around through cooking. They were going down a dark road of either drug and alcohol abuse, gangs or sometimes just plain “bad behavior”.   Then they stepped into a kitchen, discovered cooking and turned their lives around. When I hear a story like this, I feel so happy for them.  Happy in a kind of distant and detached, “I’m so happy your happy” way.  This all becomes very three dimensional when it happens to someone you know, love, care about, and have faith in their inner goodness.

One day, after three years of working with one of my young cooks, he walked into my office, sat down in a chair with tears of joy in his eyes.  “Katie”, he said, “I just want to thank you for this opportunity.  I never ever thought that I could learn to create such amazing food. It makes me so proud and inspired.  I thought of myself as worthless, that I’d never be or do anything good, and now when I create, I know I’m good. I can taste it, I can see it, I bring joy to people.  I’m accomplished!”. To which I say, that is just so cool! Do you have a story like this about someone you know?

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