Hi there!  I’m so excited to be writing here.

I’m Dana and I’ve been cooking, baking, and developing my kitchen knowledge for 20+ years.  I don’t know how it happened but I’ve been collecting recipes since I was a little girl and I haven’t stopped.  Through the years my tastes and perspective on food – how it’s grown and prepared – have changed drastically.  From anything at anytime with layers of flavor to simple food, in season, cooked cleanly, with minimal waste.  My philosophy in the kitchen is, if you’re throwing it out, you’re doing it wrong.  I like to put every bit of food to use.  From the tops of carrots and beets to the “extra” fat on chickens and beef.  I don’t like to throw food out and I admit I have a long way to go.

My cooking is an amalgam of numerous cooking classes, my travels, my family, and of course trial and error. We’re always on the move.  Currently, we’re living in Hawaii so we’re exploring the vast Pacific Asian cuisines.  I’ve also been delving into Southern and Native American cuisine because the background is fascinating, the food delicious, and there is so much depth there. We had the opportunity to live in the Deep South for a year as well; it introduced me to purple hulls and white sauce and they are now imprinted on me.  I never get bored exploring the world through food.  Even if I have to do that through books most of the time it’s still fun.

I have a small garden and strive to grow and use as much of that food as I can.  It’s not just tasty, it’s economical.  I’m currently trying out lasagna gardening as a fun way to amend my soil.  And I’m most definitely trying to grow some purple hulls.

I hope to post some of my favorite recipes and discoveries for my friends to share.  I’m so glad you’re here!  Thanks for visiting.  – xo