I had always had a secret dream of being a chef.

Unfortunately, the realities of the workplace made it not worth the effort. You see, if you have ever worked in a kitchen, you truly know what it is to be underpaid and overworked. Every day is an ordeal, and although you are trained to make some of the best, most delicious food in the world, you spend most of your time cooking well done steaks for near minimum wage. Instead, I decided to become a good cook for my family and a successful professional for myself. Nonetheless, as the years have gone by I have regretted not having more opportunities to fully explore my culinary interests. That is how I first discovered cooking holidays. One day, I happened to be …

Supporting Local Food Flavors

In the last 10 years Americans have seen a boom in local food markets and for good reason. While Americans continue to buy more fast food, they still expect perfect ingredients and they are finding them. So why are they turning to their local markets more and more? In a nutshell they want fresh, healthy produce with great flavor. There are numerous other benefits to buying local products and it would seem Americans are now rediscovering what their local growers have to offer. FRESHER Care for fresher ingredients? Locally grown items are usually harvested 1 or 2 days before hitting the market making them significantly fresher then traditional store bought ingredients. For those folks lucky enough to live in rural …