My love for cooking started with a cardboard kitchen and plastic food as a little girl and evolved over the years from a hobby to a profession. I’m a food writer and recently authored an ice cream book Endless Summer; 54 Quick and Creative Ice Cream and Dessert Recipes (Zoku LLC, 2014). I develop and test recipes, write cookbook indexes, teach culinary classes and write the blog HoneypiesRecipes.com.
My children’s picture book, Scrambled Eggs, (AuthorHouse, 2014) follows a father and son in their escapade to visit a chicken farm and learn where eggs come from and how chickens live, recipe for scrambled eggs included.
My educational background includes a Culinary Arts diploma from The Institute of Culinary Education and an MA in Food Studies from New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health. I am the recipient of the Andre and Simone Soltner Scholarship for Food Education Merit Award.
My affiliation with NYU proved to be a life-changing one; I was an adjunct instructor and employee for almost ten years. I taught introductory food, food science, food production and food safety and sanitation classes, and coordinated the department’s food programs with responsibility for all hands-on food courses and curriculum and the physical maintenance of the teaching kitchen.
I am a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP), a designation awarded to members of IACP who have demonstrated and maintain comprehensive knowledge of the culinary arts and sciences. Other certifications include ServSafe Food Protection Manager, Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional.
I am a volunteer and Board member of Friends of Karen, a non-profit organization providing emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families.
My home is in Connecticut, where I live with my husband, Eric, and my little buddy, Lacy, a Miniature Pinscher, and have two adult daughters, Claire and Margot. In addition to all things culinary, I like to entertain, swim, hike, travel and read, especially mysteries.