I'm a Philadelphia transplant who grew up in a neighborhood where fresh ingredients and a local market were always a stone's throw away. Eating dinner together every night was a ritual. When I moved to the Phoenix area, food became associated with convenience; and markets became big mega-chains with the same staples you could find anywhere. I noticed a "disconnect" between culture, community and food in Phoenix. This was not how it was going to be for me...so I started my blog to keep things real. I have strong beliefs about what I will put into my body. And I'm a huge believer of cooking and eating healthy and fresh.