I’m Michelle Dudash, writer of this blog, a classically trained chef and registered dietitian obsessed with food. How do these backgrounds happily co-exist, you ask? (Click here for my full-on, fancy schmancy bio.)
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where food played a big role in my little life. With a Lebanese great-grandmother stuffing grape leaves, another grandmother tending to a huge backyard garden, and my mom frying up homemade eggrolls, I learned a thing or two about cooking. I went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, originally majoring in actuarial science (I still don’t know what that means), but also took a basic nutrition class. A few weeks later I changed my major to dietetics and the rest is history.
Fast forward a few years and my passion for late-night cookbook reading finally prompted me to enroll in culinary school at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Since completing that program, I have cooked professionally in a five star restaurant and as a private chef, and opened a consulting firm. I have appeared in nearly 200 TV segments, mostly in Phoenix, and have written for many publications, including Whole Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and Betty Crocker. I am working on my first cookbook, Clean Eating for Busy Families (December, 2012).
Through these media, I’ve been able to share my knowledge, though I have felt that they were not suitable places for sharing my more personal thoughts about food with the world. In 2011 when I actually began dreaming about what to write in my blog, I knew the time had come.
Mostly I will be sharing stories about inspiring dishes I make or encounter during my travels. Usually the food I choose is natural and good for you. Though I travel frequently, I live in the Phoenix area, so many of my discoveries occur here.
Also, since I’m now a mom and wife, my recipes tend to be streamlined and simple.
Thanks for joining me.
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