I’m Michelle. I love to cook and get creative in the kitchen. I believe sharing a good meal with family and friends brings us closer together. I hope the recipes on this blog inspire you to be creative with your cooking too. 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. I love nature and all things simple and genuine. 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
I 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 also hold both a beginning and advanced culinary certificate from the Bon Vivant School of Cooking in Seattle. These experiences greatly influence my recipes.
My family prefers eating healthy meals made mostly from fresh, local ingredients and predominantly non-processed foods. I’m all about flavor and using the finest ingredients when ever possible. We watch what we eat, but also enjoy delicious desserts from time to time. I have a gluten intolerance, so I eat gluten-free. 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. This category contains recipes that are typically more difficult to make gluten-free like cakes, desserts and biscuits to name a few.
I love to get involved in my local community. I currently volunteer 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 here to try in your kitchen.
Here’s to eating well and enjoying delicious meals with family and friends!