About Me

I was born, raised, and still live in Newton, Kansas.  It’s a large-ish town/small-ish city about 30min north of Wichita.  Not much excitement or a very big food scene.  Crazy, right?  Well, it’s home, and our grocery stores carry more than you might think.  I grew up helping my parents in the kitchen, and we often had more exotic foods than the average Kansan.  I discovered my love of cooking while in college, studying trumpet performance.  As music became more stressful (stage fright and all) and less of a focus, baking and cooking became an outlet.  I watched a lot of cooking shows and read a lot of cooking books, including the textbook for the Culinary Institute of America.  After college I looked into culinary schools and jobs, but a year later was opening the doors of my own small restaurant.  That lasted a little over two years.  I then briefly worked at the Ahwahnee Dining Room in Yosemite National Park.  After that I worked at another restaurant in an even smaller town in Kansas, then I worked retail at a Dillard’s department store for four years.  I took a job as manager at a frozen yogurt shop back in Newton, but because of their money woes decided to accept my current job as a cook at a retirement community.


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