About

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!

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19 Responses to About

  1. Danny says:

    Love the new look!

  2. oooh, I never read this before! I knew I liked you! 🙂

    • I updated all this stuff a while back, so you might have read the abbreviated ‘I like to cook. I’m gonna blog now.’ type blurb that I had here. It was short and kind of impersonal. I tried to make this more memorable and fabulous. Glad you like it!

  3. Danny says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger and Versatile Blogger Awards! 🙂

    http://dannyskitchen.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/an-anniversary-awards-and-awe/

  4. thethievery says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and more importantly, leading me back to your bacon-making, cheese-creating blog! I have been sitting on cheese-making for a while – proper dairy products are hard to come by in Singapore, but I will get down to it. Mozarellaaaa yummm… xx

    • Hey, you had me at the pictures of roasted meat. 🙂 I am excited to read more.

      The thing that really stinks about the dairy products here is that everything is so heavily regulated that you’re forced to use heavily pasteurized milk, which is BLAND! I hope you’re able to come across some and make some awesome cheese. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. KEK says:

    I know you didn’t like it per se, but I love chewy/doughy pizza crust and am interested in the yeastless recipe you used on Feb 24. Do you still have it to share?

  6. I am pretty sure I just swiped the recipe for this. Hope it works out better for you than it did me!!

    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1926,142176-238207,00.html

  7. we all should eat with intention….i love that!

  8. Hi Michelle,

    We love your blog, concept and style of writing– so we’ve nominated you for the Pink Tree Award 🙂 Check our post to find out more here: http://wp.me/p2gmDL-7h

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    -Marpay Fitness

  10. Hello Michelle,
    You are shining all the way girl :). I love your sense of humor, writing and what you do with your food….I have nominated you for Shine On Award. Pease collect it here : http://simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/shine-on-award/
    Cheers
    Sonal

  11. kandee2013 says:

    GOOD MORNING !! 🙂 Thanks for the ‘like’ and ‘follow’ … Stay hungry !! 🙂

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