Hey! I’m Valerie. My friends call me Val. I’m a foodie, I like to cook, and I love documenting it all.

I was born in Virginia. I lived a majority of my younger years in Okinawa, Japan. I’ve managed to somehow spend a majority of my not-so-younger years in Utah. My upbringing is such a mish-mash that somedays I’m craving Japanese food, other days I just need rice and beans, and a lot of times a good ol’ fashioned cheeseburger can really hit the spot.

Cooking has been a stress reliever in a world where I have often felt out of control. As a “Type-A” personality, losing control has me feel off kilter so cooking keeps me grounded. Most recently, as our foster care placement continues to be a large contributor to our stress, I decided I needed to get back into the swing of things!

Hopefully you’re finding this page from my most recent quest to “cook my way through the Gilmore Girls Official Cookbook” series! If not, can you tell me, how did you find me? That’d be awesome, and maybe I could focus on other seriesssss as well!

Until our next meal together,