“The most important ingredient is love”
Hello and welcome! My name is Jessica and I started this blog in the summer of 2012 with the help of my best friend and husband Jason. He is gracious enough to help with the “web stuff” while I focus on the food. Along the journey came James our son and future taste-tester. We feel very fortunate to be able to share a little insight of our life with you.
A little background:
I grew up in the bustling cities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Northern California is a melting pot of various cultures and cuisines, and my curiosity and appreciation for food was embraced.
My fondest memories consisted of weekend visits to Oakland Chinatown with family to shop for fresh vegetables, roasted meats, and special pink bakery boxes loaded with Chinese sweets. From a very young age, I noticed how food was able to bring people together and create bonds – I knew that food would have a very important role in my life.
My passion led me to study Food Science for my bachelors and masters degree in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California. During my studies I learned about food technology and how food is delivered from “farm to fork”, putting the focus on providing safe and wholesome food and understanding the consumer.
I then pursued a career in nutrition product development, currently, I am a Senior Research Scientist developing healthy food, beverage and children’s products for people around the world.
With the hunger to still learn about different aspects of food, I studied Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Orange County, in Santa Ana. In culinary school, I learned how to combine my food science knowledge with the products I produced in each class.
I was finally able to demystify some of my fears in cooking and learned how to properly prepare some of my favorite foods. I love the challenge in creating eye-catching dishes while maintaining the quality of the product and balancing flavors. Not every dish is a success, but each lesson enables me to grow in my understanding of food.
Now as a Certified Culinary Scientist, I enjoy developing recipes in my home test kitchen where I am able to infuse food science knowledge in every recipe created.
Every now and again my recipes get featured, you can see where on my Media Page
- The Art Institute – Orange County (AS, Culinary Arts)
- California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (MS, Agriculture)
- California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (BS, Food Science)
Thanks for visiting!