About Us

We’re a bunch of cooks and bakers who decided we loved food enough to make it our lives. We’ve all been on different culinary paths, have unique stories to tell, and occasionally we write about it and put it here for you to read!

We share our professional advice in other sections of the website, so we thought we’d share a few personal details here. 

 

 Ryan

 

Ryan
Chef | Gardener | Potato Whisperer 

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife, son, and two dogs, learning stuff, going places, gardening, and practicing sarcasm. I do a little cooking here and there too.

If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
In the interest of creating variety out of an obvious lack there of, I think I’d choose the combo platter at a good Ethiopian restaurant. You can eat it 27 times and have a different experience every time.


If you weren't a chef what would you do for a living?
I can't imagine not cooking for a living, but if I had to do something else I suppose I'd be a food scientist. I love to know how things work. Is there any way I can do that without taking all those complicated chemistry classes though?


If you were a superhero what would you want your powers to be?
I’d like to be able to download information into my brain like Neo.

"I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." – W.C. Fields

 

 

Colleen

 

Colleen
Pastry 
Badass  | World Traveler 

Hobbies: Food hunting, traveling, boating, dog showing, olive picking, and grape smashing

If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
One meal for the rest of my life!? Are you kidding me...codfish cakes, my grandmother's mac and cheese, and stewed tomatoes...meal of champions. I'm Irish, what can i say.

If you weren’t a chef what would you do for a living?
If I wasn't a chef, I would be an M.D. Probably a surgeon. I mean, don't surgeons and chefs have some common ground? Think about it.

What could you not live without?
My cushy marshmallowy pillows. Anything else gives me a headache. 

"How can a nation be called great when its bread tastes like Kleenex" – Julia Child


 

 

 Mike

 

Mike

Chef | Scuba Junky | History Nerd 

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife, daughter, and dog. Working on cars and motorcycles, camping, SCUBA, and anything involving the ocean! 

Where would you go if you had a time machine? 
Ancient Rome. It had a civilization in possession of technology and ideas that in some cases we just now have figured out how to replicate. They influenced all of Europe, and by association America. And lastly....lets call it like it is....they were pretty badass!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
If I could only have one meal forever then presumably I'm trapped on a desert island, in which case I'd need something that can be fire-cooked, is healthy (so I can climb trees and such), and tastes awesome because... well... I'd be eating it forever. Grilled fresh fish would definitely be my choice. It meets all the requirements, and it's oh so good. 

If you were a car what kind of car would you be?
A '69 Camaro for sure. It's cool, but not too flashy, fast, and tough.

"Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus Aurelius

 

 Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth

Vagabond Chef | Food Activist | Urban Hippie 

Hobbies: Attempting to grow things that I want to cook, squeezing time in with my partner, who was also my highschool sweetheart, keeping up with my crazy dog Sir Georges du Prancypants, hiking, currently "baking" a baby, volunteering at the animal shelter, reading reading reading reading, trekking through this crowded world to find secluded places that take my breath away.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
The Moroccan "salade" I had in Marrakech really helped me define who I wanted to be as a cook, and if I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, that's what it would be.  I am still captivated by the wide range of flavors and textures that can be found in the salade, or mezze platter.  That was also the first time I experienced cinnamon in a savory context, and now is one of my favorite flavor profiles.  I will however pass on the lamb brains in my salade, once was enough! 

If you weren't a chef what would you do for a living?
I've often toyed with the idea of being a librarian once my body gives out and I can't cook professionally anymore.  I love books almost as much as I love food, and I've always been a weirdo who actually really enjoys school, so I think it could be a perfect fit! 

If you were a superhero what would you want your powers to be?
I tend to be overly optomistic about how much I can cram in to one day, so my ideal superpower would be the ability to just materialize places.  I could singlehandedly save the world and travel the globe without breaking a sweat!

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Harriet van Horne