A little about me…
My love of food has been a long and adventurous journey. Beginning 15 years ago when I realized anything I cooked might cause a slow and painful death. Yes, I lean a bit toward the dramatic. It was during a career hiatus and move to a new state that I realized I hated my cooking. My love of delicious food and good health needed to be merged.
So I took myself to culinary school – never dreaming I’d find a passion so intense it couldn’t be ignored. And that’s when my culinary career was born.
It’s been one delicious roller coaster ride ever since. Jumping into every type of culinary work I could find.
I’ve worked as a caterer, prep chef, cheese specialist, private chef (emphasis in nutritional therapy), culinary instructor and food writer. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented Pacific Northwest Chefs, as well as brilliant Nutritionists with the IACP award winning culinary school, PCC Cooks, in Seattle, WA.
Today, I develop recipes for several publishing companies, wineries, online lifestyle magazines and my personal recipe website, Karista’s Kitchen. As well as the important things of course, like being a mom, wife, the family dog walker (more like dog chaser), a culinary anthropology nerd, and an outdoor and travel enthusiast. Not to mention my outrageous love of British mysteries.
Living in the Willamette Valley, we’re fortunate to enjoy an abundance of farm fresh produce, meats, poultry and fresh Pacific seafood. One of my favorite ways to spend a day is visiting our local farms and ranches, snapping photos and of course, bringing the farmers a home cooked meal. My thank you for letting me spend hours playing with the animals or picking produce.
Here at Karista’s Kitchen, you’ll find an enticing selection of whole food and seasonal recipes prepared from the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. And… with a little decadence just for fun.
I wish you all good health, happy hearts, loads of love and many delicious wishes.
For questions about recipe development and food photography please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.