Growing up in the Midwest, exotic and trendy food was not exactly the norm for my family. Through cooking shows I watched after school in the flat landscape of Illinois, I discovered the magic of different countries through their unimaginable cuisines. I have traveled and explored domestically and internationally in search of my next favorite dish.

I think the true magic of life comes from slowing down, foregoing convenience, and using your hands. I find balance in extremes and, therefore, enjoy spending my free time either adventuring for new life experiences or hanging at home in my pajamas with my husband and two cats.