Have you ever sat down to a meal and felt a deep sense of pleasure?
Hunger enticing aromas swirling about your place at the table and causing a most soul filled joy. And at first bite, you pause, relishing the beauty of the flavors dancing on your tongue.
Webster’s Dictionary describes Love as “an emotion of passionate affection, pleasure, and personal attachment”.
Sounds like food love to me.
Food love is… why a slice of chocolate cake makes one giggle or why a slow braised beef with red wine reduction sauce causes a deep sigh to escape the lips. Food should not only satisfy our hunger, it should feed our soul, nourish our body, while delighting our senses.
I realized this to be true 14 years ago while sitting at the dinner table with my family. My tasteless, lackluster meal causing my taste buds to retreat and my food soul to wilt under the table. It was at that moment I announced my attendance to culinary school.
Believing I was attending culinary school for my own gratification and my family’s good health, as anything I prepared could have caused a slow and painful death, I was met with a passion the weight of a Mack truck and I could swear I heard angels singing Hallelujah in the background. It was a moment I’ll always remember. Tears streaming down my cheeks while driving home from my first day of class. I found food love, I found a passion so intense it could never be ignored.
Over the last quarter century (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) I’ve been fortunate to live and experience various unique locations in the United States. Each corner of the country relishing the culture of their spot in the world. From Southern to Cajun cuisine to Boston’s Italian and Irish flavors to Arizona’s Latin food love to the Pacific Northwest and it’s tradition of seafood and farm fresh. All proud to share their slice of the food world with this chef, who has always been eager to learn.
I wear many hats these days. Mom, wife, family dog walker (more like dog chaser) chef, food writer/recipe developer, photographer, and culinary anthropology enthusiast. I adore all my hats. Even on the days I’m juggling them. Which ends up being most days.
Living in the Willamette Valley, we’re fortunate to enjoy an abundance of farm fresh produce, meats, poultry and fresh Pacific seafood. 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 recipe questions, requests for information or information about my Personal Chef Service feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sweet Pepper Chicken… and one more heartfelt Thanks! (karistaskitchen.com)
- Confetti Muffins (Zucchini, Carrot and Pineapple Muffins) (karistaskitchen.com)