A little about me…
My love of food has been a long and adventurous journey. Beginning 14 years ago when I realized anything I cooked might cause a slow and painful death. Yes, I lean a bit toward the dramatic.
However my tasteless and lackluster meals left me wanting - causing my food soul to wilt right under the table. So, one evening, I announced to my darling family I was going to culinary school.
Believing I was attending culinary school for my own gratification - and my family’s good health - I walked into the first day of class, pushed through the stainless steel classroom doors and was met with a passion the weight of a Mack truck. I could swear I heard angels singing Hallelujah in the background.
It was a moment I will always remember; with tears streaming down my cheeks while driving home from that first day of class. I found food love. I found a passion so intense it could never be ignored.
I’ve been cooking professionally ever since. I’ve worked as a caterer, prep chef, cheese specialist, private chef, culinary instructor and food writer.
Today, I’m a professional recipe developer, food writer and contributor and food photographer. Among other things of course, like mom, wife, family dog walker (more like dog chaser) culinary anthropology nerd, 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. 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 drop me an email at email@example.com. As well, if you have a recipe question or need additional information regarding a recipe please email me. Thank you!
- Sweet Pepper Chicken… and one more heartfelt Thanks! (karistaskitchen.com)
- Confetti Muffins (Zucchini, Carrot and Pineapple Muffins) (karistaskitchen.com)