A little about me:
I’m a tomboy NorCal girl that currently calls the Midwest home. I married my best friend, Josh, at the young age of nineteen and we’ve been laughing, cooking, eating, exploring, and roadtripping together ever since. My life revolves around food and it has worked its way into my Friday nights, bookshelf, Instagram feed, artwork on the walls, and my creative work.
Right now, my dream is to open an ice cream business and I spend my days creating recipes, studying ice creams from other businesses, experimenting in my kitchen, and making plans for my business. My freezer is always full and I force my latest ice cream concoctions on all of our friends. Last year, I also created The Collaboreat, a collaborative food and travel site where we focus in on eating our way through great destinations around the world. It’s my fantastic excuse to eat and travel more often!
Some Things I Love:
Long conversations with my husband, Josh
Cuddling with my dog, Bruce Wayne
Trying new food joints in new places
Paper goods & office supplies
Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese food
Daffodils in the springtime
Cooking with Josh in our home kitchen
Long road trips with upbeat music
Action and adventure movies
Reading cookbooks cover to cover
Thick and chewy cookies
Planning fun new adventures
Friends with big appetites
My culinary journey:
While my career began in the creative world of graphic design, I began The Collaboreat as an outlet for my love for food. But as I wrote about and photographed the food I ate and created, I soon realized that my heart really belonged to food, not design. Not wanting to waste any time, I jumped headfirst into the culinary world, hoping to take my past experience as a creative entrepreneur and spin it into a creative food career of writing, photography, or styling.
I enrolled in culinary school to learn as much as I possibly could about my chosen subject, but quickly realized that I didn’t just love focusing on food in my creative work, but that I loved working with food as its own medium. I loved being in the kitchen day in and day out, coming up with recipes, perfecting them, and sharing the finished products with eager eaters.
Plans changed and dreams of running my own little eatery took shape. Picking up where culinary school left off, I experimented and studied at home, establishing my creative footing in this whole new realm. After trying out a few different recipes I’d learned at school, I became smitten with making ice cream. From there, my obsession grew and soon I was making a batch of ice cream every day, taking notes on each experiment and studying the best methods for each recipe. I had found my calling.
Here on this blog, I record my culinary journey, beginning with culinary school and continuing on with my dream of opening up an ice cream shop and everything in between, from the new cookbooks I add to my vast collection and the great food I eat on my travels and local adventures.