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I created this blog in my spare time to celebrate comfort food, share what amazing ingredients Astoria has to offer, and inspire people to enjoy the process of cooking.
From growing up in a small Rhode Island town to being self-taught home chef in Astoria, New York, I explore my ideas of comfort food within the context of my neighborhood and develop recipes to be enjoyed worldwide. For 12 years mostly all of my evenings and weekends have been spent browsing my local food markets for new ingredients that were not familiar to my mainstream New England roots while developing a strong influence from Latin American cuisine.
Since my college years of working in a dining hall kitchen and a gourmet deli and cheese shop, I spent my extra time learning how to cook and bake from books, magazines and TV chefs. Upon arrival in Astoria, my biggest influences have been Daisy Martinez, Lidia Bastianich, America’s Test Kitchen, and various YouTube channels. After enduring much trial and error in my kitchen over the years, I have arrived at some unique home-cooked recipes that make eating in just as exciting — and definitely more rewarding – as eating out.