Hi. My name is Michelle. I live in beautiful downtown Burbank (California) with my boyfriend, Roy, and our two cats (Drusilla and Isis). I write part-time for examiner.com as the Burbank Gourmet Food Examiner. I am a somewhat recent transplant into the LA Basin. I previously lived in Florida. Now, every single time I step outside and don’t feel that terrible humidity, or I see mountains, it makes me smile.
Those simple things aside, there is a totally different feeling and culture about food here. With this being a true agricultural state, there are small farm stores and farmer’s markets everywhere. Having access to such great food has really re-sparked my enthusiasm about cooking and the idea of eating with intention.
What I mean about “eating with intention” is this:
Eating is one of those biological necessities that I feel tends to be overlooked. We do this every time we grab some fast food, a snack on our way out the door or skip a meal if we don’t have time.. We all seem to be too busy to be bothered by planning meals or preparing things that are actually worth putting in our bodies. Something that is such an integral part of our lives should really be treated with a smidge more reverence. It may take a bit longer, but what you can prepare in your kitchen is infinitely superior to the premade crap at the supermarket, or what you get at a drive thru.
I am, by no means, a health nut.. a vegetarian.. a dirty hippie… I don’t give a crap about high fructose corn syrup, I’ve never met a carb that I didn’t like, etc. I will never beat any of those drums here because I am really more about food appreciation.
I am not an expert. Mostly, I’ve learned by reading, watching cooking shows, taking classes, and using my friends as guinea pigs for the better part of a decade. The main purpose for the blog will be to record my thoughts and hopefully broaden some horizons a bit, whether they be my own or someone else’s.
Hope you all enjoy Confluent Kitchen as much as I will!