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Happy Anniversary Cynthia! Thank you!
How did you get started with your blog?
After I graduated from college with an English degree I traveled around Europe by myself for a few months, when I returned, I really didn’t know what to do with an English degree, so my mom, who knew how much I loved to cook, suggested I go to the California Culinary Academy. I enrolled in their 16-month Master Chef’s Program just before I turned 23. After I graduated I immediately left for England where I worked in a pub, wine bar, French restaurant and for a catering company. After I returned to the states, I married my husband 25 years ago (today!) and for our honeymoon, we booked an Around the World trip, focusing on Asia, South East Asia and India. We spent 3 1/2 months on our honeymoon. When we returned from our trip, I realized that the restaurant business had brutal hours, especially if you wanted to raise a family. So I went back to school to get my teaching credentials.
Just after I turned 50 (3 years ago) I started to realize that all my dreams would not come true if I just THOUGHT about them, so I decided to make some changes in my life. I started working out regularly, I completed my first 5k at 50, I started lifting weights and doing yoga and pilates. And I knew I had to follow my dream of writing a cookbook.
I started my blog a month before my 51st birthday. I started the blog as a means to a cookbook, but also because my friends would always say to me, when I would ask them how they could afford to eat out so often, “Easy for you to say, YOU went to cooking school!” I started out telling them about how to cook, then I realized it would be easier to just write it down! I think most women who don’t like to cook just don’t know how to, and think it’s intimidating. When I tell them I can throw a meal together faster, healthier and cheaper, they are intrigued! I think I stay within a budget just because we only go out to eat about once a month and never eat fast food or take out. (My girls, 18 and 12, think it’s really funny that we’ve NEVER had pizza delivered to our house!)
“What A Girl Eats, Healthy food with a global twist,” came about because of my/our world travels, and that on any given day we could be eating food from Thailand, Cuba, Greece, or Italy. I also try and keep my dishes healthy and (mostly) gluten free as well.
Do you have any advice for someone new to cooking?
Advice to new cooks; It’s only food! Start with what you like and don’t be afraid to take risks and try something new. I still make mistakes and my husband will say, “I don’t think you need to try THAT again!”
How easy is it to eat well on a budget? Any tips?
Tips for budgets…I try to use meat as a condiment, I can make a pound of meat stretch for 2 meals for 4 by using it in a stir fry, or with lots of veggies, like a salad or soup. I don’t need a health swap when we eat like that. I use real butter, real sour cream and bacon and sugar, just not every day!
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake With Bourbon-Maple Whipped Cream