I’m Michelle and I love to cook. Mostly because I love to eat, but also because sharing a good meal with family and friends brings us closer together. I love nature and all things simple and genuine. I love to travel and trying new cuisines. These are the things that inspire my creativity in the kitchen. At my home in Seattle, I am surrounded by a variety of beautiful evergreen trees. Hemlock, fir, pine ~ they are everywhere and their lovely needles seem to find their way into everything too.
My journey in the kitchen
Fresh ingredients, my travels and trying new foods has lead me to experiment in the kitchen and develop new recipes. I call my style of cooking Pacific Northwest fusion because I combine the culinary experience I’ve learned from my travels with local, fresh ingredients as much as possible. You will find my recipes are heavily influenced by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. I truly found my inner chef when I lived in Southern Italy with my family. While there, I completed culinary classes in the Amalfi Coast and in Tuscany where the cuisines reflect the subtle and beautiful differences of the landscape and culture around them.
I have also completed beginning and advanced culinary certificates from Bon Vivant School of Cooking in Seattle. My family prefers eating healthy meals made mostly from fresh, local ingredients and predominantly non-processed foods. We watch what we eat, but also enjoy delicious desserts from time to time. I am gluten-free, and you’ll find I share gluten-free alternatives in the recipes I make. If you’re gluten-free, be sure to check out the “gluten-free” recipe category.
I also write for The View from Harbour Pointe, a local magazine where I serve up recipes monthly for their readers. Thank you for visiting and I hope you find a delicious inspiration to try in your kitchen.
Here’s to eating well and enjoying healthy food with family and friends!