Oregon-to-Montana transplant. I’ve traded one mountain range for another, but have given up the coast for some amazing big skies. I am an amateur photographer, cook and musician, but a professional lover of all these things. I got my Bachelor’s in Music in Oregon which, by some odd twists of fate, led to my first job in a professional kitchen taken on as an apprentice of sorts by a sous chef who had graduated in the same degree program years earlier, also a horn player like me. My first job was at a Cold Stone Creamery in high school, and the rest was history.
I’ve dabbled in a lot of things, from line cooking in fine dining where I, mostly by luck, beat out my classically-trained colleagues in a knife skills competition; cooking in a retirement home where no salt, seeds or grapefruit was the standard; participating in a winery grape stomp competition (runners-up!); spending years interning and working on-and-off for a local symphony; playing in various musical groups both required and for fun; and entering photo contests (no winners yet, unfortunately). Montana has been a great opportunity for the outdoors – making it a really easy transition from the Pacific Northwest.
One of the best parts of all the “hobbies”, we’ll call them, that I’ve participated in are the incredible people that have come along with it. Making and keeping friends across the miles is priceless. I love to cook and bake for people, and am also an avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association (an excuse to experiment with purple food). Traveling is one of my favorite things and I’d do it for a living if I could – airports are great. For now, saving money is greater. My blog is a work in progress. I hope you enjoy it, and welcome comments!