Claire Gallo

Food has always been a part of my life. Not only do I enjoy cooking and eating, but I enjoy growing it too. I grew up on a farm 30 miles north of Detroit and my family farmed for fun. Yep, you read that correctly, both my parents had full time jobs but we also had the farm. We grew tons of vegetables, had an apple orchard, and collected sap for maple syrup every year. It wasn’t always easy. I truly believe doing things like planting asparagus, harvesting pumpkins, and managing a farm in general is one of the best works out you will ever get. However, the lessons I learned from farming with my family is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. 

Learning to cook was a different story. I didn’t really start to cook until I was living on my own. I had just finished my internship and was starting my first job and believe me, money was tight. Eating out was expensive and eating healthy seemed like it was even more expensive. I was determined to make it work and not live off of cereal and ramen (don't get me wrong, I love ramen). Thank goodness for the public library. I was able research different types of cooking and recipes.  I started to follow what fruits and vegetables were in season. I also learned to stretch ingredients as far as a I could and took leftovers to work the next day.

As time went on, and with a little trial and error, I started coming up with my own recipes. I would omit ingredients I didn’t like and modify dishes using things I already had. I hope you enjoy my posts. But I must tell you one thing...I do not like raisins. I never did and I never will. I do love dried cherries, so in my recipes if you see me put dried cherries instead of raisins, that’s why. Thank you so much for ready and enjoy my recipes, friends.

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