About me

Hi! I’m Cynthia. Welcome to my little corner of the Interweb! I hope you’ll enjoy journeying with me through all the cultures and cuisines that make up a lifetime of cooking and eating, as I show you how to make delicious food easy!

Cynthia, after a night of baking, with a speed rack full of pastries
Cynthia, after a night of baking, with a speed rack full of pastries

I’m a cook and a baker and a recipe developer.  I’m mom to three amazing grown-up women, and wife to a great guy we call “The Boy” because, well, he’s the only boy in the house. Wish him luck!

I’ve always loved to cook. I grew up the daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and a Southern boy from Mississippi.  My kids are part Italian, Mexican, German, Irish, Norwegian, and Korean and we’ve lived all over the country at one time or another.  I’ve picked up something from all of our cultures and locales over the years and continually incorporate these flavors into our daily meals.

I’ve led quite the eclectic life, so far.  I’ve been an RN, a bookstore owner, the manager of a mega-bookstore chain, and several years ago I followed my culinary dreams and began working as the morning baker in a fabulous pastry shop on the Jersey Shore. I’m a chronic insomniac, and I usually woke up around 2 a.m. anyway, so I thought I might as well be baking professionally.  I did it for over a year and I came away from the experience with a lot of new knowledge and passion.  From there I kicked in the door (okay, I messaged them on Instagram) of a local casual fine dining restaurant and was invited to stage (intern) with their James Beard nominated chef/owner (he was also on Top Chef 🤫). In my time with all of the incredibly talented chefs there, I’ve learned so much about both sweet and savory cooking and it has made a huge difference in the foods I cook, and the recipes I develop, at home as well.

In a dietary world full of “No” messages, my personal food philosophy is that eating should be about learning when to say “Yes” to food. How to include foods you love in a healthy and delicious way.  That including something indulgent from time to time can be a good thing. That there are no “Cheat Days”, there are “Treat Days.”  To me, food is not just fuel, it is life, new experiences, new colors, and new challenges!  I love to watch people’s faces when they eat and enjoy something that I’ve created and I want to help you to feel confident that you can create delicious things too! My recipes are very approachable, I give you the whys and the hows for all of the steps, and I try to make you feel comfortable trying new flavors and techniques. I hope you’ll enjoy my little corner of the interwebs. Hold on tight, it’s gonna be DELICIOUS!