I’m a teacher, home cook and advocate for the simple things in life. More than three years ago, my husband and I bid farewell to the big city of Chicago and the urban sprawl of Orlando to live in a small village in the Korean countryside. We have since relocated to Seoul for work, but my year in rural Korea has forever changed me and I often yearn for the simple peace that country life brings.
I was raised on mac n’ cheese and fried fish sticks but, through much trial and error, I eventually learned to treat myself and my body better. My kitchen is now full of fresh, whole foods that nourish me – body, mind and spirit. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and went gluten-free five years ago after discovering a gluten intolerance. It has been a challenge learning how to eat well in a foreign land but it has taught me the value of seasonal and local foods and has elevated my confidence as a natural cook.
My recent project as the co-author of The Kitchens of Pinch and Dash- a self-published quarterly cookzine – has brought me great joy in allowing me to spread the word of good food with a greater reach. Nestled in its pages you will find recipes (all vegan and gluten-free), photos and stories inspired by the seasons that influence the way I eat and live.
I have taught vegetarian cooking classes here in Seoul and co-hosted several community events, bringing people together around food. My work here also affords me great opportunity to travel so I’m often planning my next trip (and it’s certainly always based around food!). Still, my favorite place to be is in the kitchen cooking a heart and belly warming meal to share with those I love.