1512806_936380729123_1324158745_nBorn and raised in small town Nebraska, I grew up with your basic meat and potato mentality.

Times have changed and now I focus more on eating less meat and choosing healthy, portion-related recipes. Don’t worry: I’ve still got a major sweet tooth so you’ll find plenty of baked goods from me.

I’ve lived in a few different places (Denver, Phoenix, Oakland, I’m back in the Valley!) that have all led me in different directions as far as my passion for cooking and baking go.

Time in Denver taught me to convert my “high plains” recipes into a “high altitude” version (not easy I promise you, but well worth it if you’re wondering why your baked goods are literally collapsing) and some of those recipes can be found here. Denver also led me on an awesome beer path (hello New Belgium!) which is why I find myself sharing what I’m drinking with you all.

How I missed Phoenix. Awesome weather, amazing food and beer scene, not to mention my beautiful, full size kitchen with more counter space than I’ll probably ever see again. You can go back and explore a little bit of what I found in my two years living in downtown Phoenix.

I lived in Oakland, California and the most important thing you should know is that I had no kitchen. Seriously.

Anyone that knows me would naturally tell you this must have been some kind of hell for me, but I suppose after everything that’s happened, I was up for the challenge. You’ll find my recipes and posts I share during my time in the Bay Area all thanks to a handful of microwave tools, a single hot plate, a mini fridge and my beloved 2.5 quart crockpot. It’s amazing how well you can still eat, even sans kitchen.

I’m back in the Valley of the Sun with a full kitchen so it’s time to get back to business!

I’d love to hear from you + I’m always looking for guest contributors so feel free to contact me and let me know if you’re interested. In the meantime, I’m off to find my next recipe to try.



  1. Fred Doty
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