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    Posted January 7, 2012 by
    Chicago, Illinois
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    Who taught you to love food?

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    Why I'm always Kitchening Around


    I've never been a big fan of cooking. But, my obsession with cooking and with food started in Summer 2011, when my husband and I went on our honeymoon in Europe.


    We did a road trip from Barcelona to Rome over 21 days, and ate fresh, delicious food everyday. In Barcelona, it amazed me that calamari, seasoned with nothing but sea salt, cracked black pepper, and lime juice could taste this delicious. In the south of France, I tried street-side croque madames and fresh, simple ham sandwiches that were out of this world. In Italy...oh, Italy. The food in Italy was spectacular. From the gelatos in Cinque Terre to the pizza in Milan and the pasta in Rome, we just couldn't get enough.


    I chronicled our trip on a blog, and included pictures of the places we'd seen and of course, the food we were eating. When we returned from our honeymoon, I was at a loss - what was I going to keep writing about?! I could blog about food, but that would involve cooking on a regular basis. I thought I'd give it a try, fully expecting my obsession to die down within a week or two.


    Now, it's 6 months later and I'm still cooking 4-5 fresh meals a week and updating my food blog (http://kitcheningaround.blogspot.com) regularly. I make a variety of cuisines, from Indian and Italian to Asian and American. I find myself constantly thinking about what I ate for my previous meal, what I'm currently eating, and what I'll be cooking next. I don't think of cooking as a chore - in fact, it's therapeutic for me. I love using fresh ingredients whenever possible and conjuring meals out of whatever's in my refrigerator. I try not to make items that take up too much time or require obscure ingredients, because that takes the fun out of cooking.


    Spain, France, and Italy taught me to love food - and I can't wait to go back for more food inspirations.

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