I’m in my early 30s and live in St. Louis with my husband and dog. I’m a recent re-transplant to St. Louis; I didn’t grow up here, but I like the city and am glad to be back. I enjoy the Midwest and appreciate the weather here after the hot, humid summers and snowless winters of the South.
I like assembling ingredients to make something greater than just the sum of those ingredients. I like to make things from scratch. Mostly this is food, but I also knit, crochet, and garden lightly. I hate throwing things away so I’m happy to find multiple uses for things. I like the process of making things. It’s very satisfying to make something, to finish something, to accomplish or produce something concrete. Particularly with cooking, my finished product often is less expensive than it would have been to buy it – an added bonus.
I’m a picky eater who happens to like a surprising number of different things. You’ll never find me making egg recipes, or recipes with a lot of cheese, but I make Asian, Indian, and Mexican (-inspired) food as well as more standard fare. I like a lot of healthy food – I’m a huge fan of whole wheat waffles and steel cut oats, for example – but chocolate is a main component in several of the recipes I’ve made. Sometimes I use specialty ingredients, but how unusual you think those are depends largely on your own background.
I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and I think my mother kept the flour and sugar canisters full simply because I always wanted to make cookies and brownies. I have a lot of cookbooks, but I find that most of my recipes come from magazines or from web sources. Even though I’ve been cooking for years, there’s still a lot of food for me to try and techniques to cultivate.