I grew up in a tiny town in southern Illinois. To be able to travel and see the world is an incredible luxury, and something I dreamed about as a little girl. While some people crave a great hotel with room service, there’s nothing I like better than a furnished condo or apartment with a great kitchen. Eating restaurant meals three times a day is not my idea of fun. The salt, the sugar, the who-knows-what hidden in the foods prepared by others — I like control, and when I cook, I know what’s in the food.
It is a thrill to get local ingredients in foreign places and bring them back to the apartment that is serving as our temporary home to prepare a snack or meal.