When I cook, I think. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the strange bittersweetness of leaving the life I’ve made for myself in Boston, to walk back to the life I was born into in Seattle.

Slow Roasted Veggie Cheese Melts

While most schools have done away with home economics completely, I credit a lot of my love for food to the Culinary Arts classes I took during high school.

Sweet & Spicy Whole Roast Chicken

From a young age, I’d decided to be dramatically opposed to chicken at all times, especially when it arrived at our kitchen table in still-obviously-a-chicken form. Then I moved to Italy.