Cooking Helps

Today I’ve been cooking through my grief over my beautiful dog Sawdust who passed away two days ago after a long and full life. After a day of being completely useless after he was gone, I knew I had to cook. It keeps me in motion. I think, as opposed to my other creative outlets,…

Vegan Pantry Staples

As a chef and nutritionist with multiple specialties including vegan diets, I thought it might be helpful to share some great basics about a healthy vegan diet. Transitioning to a vegan diet often proves to be the obstacle that keeps people from deciding to do it, or from succeeding when they do try. That got…

Sourdough Journal

Updated June 9 – Discard Recipe: Grissini (breadsticks)
Updated June 4, 2020 – First loaf is baked!

Grandpa’s Kitchen Theatre

Today someone posted about the common practice of throwing away the first pancake. It reminded me of when my grandfather used to make “Swedish Crepes” (he was Swedish), and he always made a big show of throwing out the first one for not being thin enough. He would hold it up to the window and…

Hot Tip for Pan Lids

Stick some corks under the handles of your pot lids. Handle them without burning your fingers or needing hot pads. Real corks work too. If they get loose, run them through the dishwasher to poof them up.

Food for Thought and Hope

History can lead us to freedom from the chains of our thoughts and the limitations of our perception.

A Way To Support Food Workers

If you haven’t heard of Big Table, now is the time. So many food workers are or will become financially stressed or even devastated during this time of potential pandemic. I’ve been observing a lot of discussions on social media about how people can help these restauranteurs and industry workers. There may be many other…

I Am Chef Melissa

As of earlier this week, I am officially a private/personal chef. I hardly know how to express the joy I am experiencing as I continue on my path to spread my passion for the culinary experience. What I do know is that I will be offering cooking demonstrations and classes in the very near future…