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    Member since Nov 2004

    Chef #171904

    From Manassas, Virginia

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    About Me

    I live in an interesting area that is a mix of cultures and has great grocery stores.The stores here are stocked with items that used to be difficult to find and even health food.There are Asian markets,Mexican grocery and Indian markets. I love ethnic foods of all sorts and love to try all sorts of new tastes.We try to eat light and healthy most of the time but once in awhile...
    I began my love for cooking and eating good quality foods as a young child. My mom loved to cook for us and since she came down with juvenile diabetes when I was 4 years old,she taught us all about nutrition. Both of my older brothers have a passion for great food as well and are terrific cooks.She never taught me to cook though! She said since she had to learn it on her own so should I.I started with baking and mastered it pretty well. I also made my first Thanksgiving dinner at 17.
    I became obsessed with nutrition and healthy eating as a teenager and managed to teach my mom a thing or two. As her tastes and cooking techniques changed so did mine. We spent a lot of our time together talking about food, trading recipes or eating.My parents always encouraged us to broaden our horizons and try any new food that came our way.I now have her recipe collection and plan on posting them here soon. I always told her they should be published!
    My other passions are gardening/landscaping, home improvement, decorating, antique collecting,fitness, my pets and my family to name just a few. I recently became fascinated with orchids much to my husband's dismay. The picture here is of one of my cats, Grady, and a phaleanopsis. I'm always working on a project for our home and my New Years resolution is to finish some of them. A little more paint and a little more fabric and I'll just about be there. Unfortunatly, working full time gets in the way of having more fun with this.

    Favorite Foods

    Veggies, veggies, veggies! Luckily veggies are favorites of my 13 year old daughter, too. Otherwise I would think she had been abducted by aliens more often than I do now. They have always been a huge part of my diet (I was a vegetarion for eleven years).We eat very light and healthy most of the time and I currently follow a pretty low carb diet and include a lot of vegetables. I even have a salad made of spring mix, cheese, tomatoe and a french vinaigrette for breakfast. No joke! You should try it.
    We eat a fair amount of fish and seafood. Sushi is one of my very favorite foods.I adore Thai and Latin American foods also. I am trying to cook some of these at home after having them at restaurants here. After our trip to Cancun 2 years ago I bought a tortilla press and started making empanadas similar to the ones the workers ate at our resort for breakfast. Awesome!
    During the week if our dinner can't be fixed in about 30 minutes I don't make it. I cook most things from scratch and don't dilly dally in the kitchen. I always seem to impress my husband at how quickly I manage to prepare it. I usually fix a couple of veggies and fish or something. I use the weekends for more exotic things and new stuff.
    I don't care for processed foods and artificial ingredients and believe that most foods on the shelves labled 'low fat' is a scam. The sugar and artificial ingredients that go into that garbage to make it lower in fat does more damage than eating a higher fat version in moderation.
    I also believe that the food pyramid as we know it needs a complete makeover. For starters vegetables should make up the largest portion of our diets. Our daughter feels the same way but couldn't convince the teacher. Oh well. I guess we'll just try changing the world one vegetable at a time...

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