Category: food

Erin DeMarco enjoys being in the kitchen. Here she writes about her experience with food and adventures and discoveries in the culinary arts and sciences.
Food is so much more than a means to an end. To me eating is a spiritual endeavor, a way to listen to the body, a way to connect with others, and a way to connect with the land and nature.
There is an art and science to cooking. Usually, I eat more or less the same thing every week, and don’t experiment with many exotic recipes. I enjoy eating food and looking for the subtle flavor of each ingredient. I feel best when I eat food that is locally produced and in season. As a “locavore” I greatly enjoy exploring the local foodshed, understanding what thrives where, and getting recipe ideas for simple meals that feature few ingredients.
I am definitely a ‘minimalist’ when it comes to food prep. I like to get into the science and do everything, which hopefully is never very much, “right.” For instance, what is the most optimal way to bring out the most flavor in a simple egg dish?
Food is also a way for me to connect with the body. My diet has improved over the years, and I’ve become less impulse resistant, but I’m hardly perfect. If I am craving something and I give in, I give in wholeheartedly, avoiding shame or regret. I believe this is a way to give in to desires without going through the darker emotions that can come with that.