I was born and raised in Riverside, California and throughout my life I have enjoyed cooking and baking. My biggest influences growing up were my grandmother, mother, and the cooking shows on PBS. They helped shape me into the cook I am, one who is without fear on trying something new. I want to share my experiences with food, wine, and the occasional beer with you. My husband of 15 1/2 years and almost 13 year old daughter get to be my eager guinea pigs as do some of our friends.
I have been fortunate to not have picky eaters to practice my cooking skills on. That has allowed me to grow as a cook and explore the world of food. For the past 7 years wine has become a passion for me and my husband. We enjoy tasting and finding that great wine at a great price. I love to pair wine and food and I strive to find that perfect pairing. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in the kitchen and dining out. You only live once and you should do it to the fullest.