I cook, write, teach, think, and talk about food almost every waking hour. The cooking, thinking and talking about food have been going on since I was very small, the writing and teaching since the last century (1988 to be somewhat exact), and I can't seem to stop. Peace Corps days in Thailand opened the window wide on Asian cuisines. A North Carolina native who has been back in Piedmont NC for 10 years, I've been nurturing my Southern culinary connections as well. My passions: Traditional food and cooking, the people in the kitchen and their stories, the ingredients and cultural aspects behind everyday and celebration dishes. Let's eat and explore markets, meet food people, share words and ideas, and then get in the kitchen and cook!