Hi, I’m Natalie! I focus on creating simple recipes using seasonal real food ingredients. I’ve loved cooking ever since I can remember. My mom is from Greece (if you know a Greek than you know how food-obsessed we tend to be) and I’m pretty sure to blame for my cooking obsession. My dad was a health and adventure nut fascinated with Mexican culture… exploring little villages adventuring through nature and finding little street food treasures was his idea of heaven. Needless to say, my cooking influences stem from all sides of the world. Growing up, my mother cooked homemade meals every night, each a different cuisine. One night it’d be Indian, then Thai, Greek, and so on. It was always super healthy and delicious. Despite her many cookbooks, I never saw her use one once; she threw in whatever sounded good with whatever else was in the pan and ended up with a platter of amazingness every single time. This is how I learned to cook. Thanks to my parents’ worldly eating and health-inclined ways, I now spend my free time cooking up healthy recipes for others to enjoy!
Please feel free to comment, add ideas, or ask questions any time! For more on my food philosophies and approach to cooking/wellness, see the “philosophy” tab on my home page!
My Other Life…
When I’m not in my teeny little kitchen (oh how I dream to one day have a beautiful kitchen to play in!!), I’m working with kiddos. I started as an elementary school teacher (I taught second and third grade… such a cute age!) and am now a counselor at a middle school… there is never a shortage of excitement in my days! Outside of work, I love traveling and exploring new places. If I had my dream job, I would travel all the time, cooking and learning about the foods and cultures of each place I went. Sounds dreamy, right? I also love camping, playing on rivers, and being near the ocean… I grew up in two beautiful places- Montana and California- so mountains and beaches make my heart go boom.
My Favorite Foods…
Oh boy, where to begin?! I love Southern Asian cuisine- curries, peanut sauces… all of it. I’m also a fan of Mexican food- mole, I’m pretty convinced, is heaven on a plate. Naturally, I love Greek food- I could live on spanakopita and Greek salads possibly forever. I am slightly, no very, obsessed with pickles- and since I discovered deep-fried pickles, my life just hasn’t been the same. My main food weakness has definitely got to be chips and salsa. Any kind of salsa, I’ll pretty much just eat it out of the jar with a spoon if you let me. It’s true. :/ Also a sucker for cheese… any cheese, all cheese, I don’t discriminate. I’m a die-hard cheese-fan. Oh and how could I forget… I’m literally crazy for caprese- anything caprese!! Okay, I could go on forever… better stop now
Hi, I'm Natalie! I like to cook, eat, and adventure. I live in a little home with an itty-bitty kitchen, a crazy feline, and a very hungry boyfriend. Lots of cooking and devouring goes down here. Farmer's markets inspire me, as do the seasons and travel. I create simple recipes using wholesome real food. Enjoy!