Baby me eating breakfast

That’s me eating breakfast circa the early 1990’s

Growing up I was encouraged to at the very least try everything on my plate. I was exposed to many different kinds of foods this way and found that I liked them all— not just for their flavors but also for the experiences I had eating or preparing them.

To me, eating is multi-sensory. Knowing the history behind what’s on our plates can deepen the relationship to our surroundings by acting as a link to people, places, and practices. Food and eating are ways to tell stories and share in an activity that is vital to our human existence and survival.

I also find it comforting that I can still make some of the same recipes as my ancestors and know some of their strange superstitions, useful tips, and general words of wisdom. I love seeing how people create memories and preserve the past and I’m fascinated by how food translates across different cultures and generations.

Not having a food processor didn't stop Chantal and I from making our mom's cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving in NYC

Chantal and I making our mom’s cranberry sauce in NYC

To this day, I will still try anything and love learning and experimenting in the kitchen via food. In this blog, I want to share some of my favorite family recipes and adapt others to fit within a more modern and consumer-conscious context. These recipes are meant to be rooted in my own upbringing, inspire people to appreciate their own traditions, and gain a deeper understanding behind the cultural origins of food.



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