What’s your style of cooking?
My passion is american bistro, whole hock, wild game, and simply creative. I do not use heavily processed foods and try to be as fresh, whole, and inventive as possible.
What are you views on food?
In a perfect world I would be 100% organic, free of preservatives, no hormones or antibiotics, and a sustainable eater. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. I stick with avoiding the Dirty Dozen, buy meats that are raised with no hormones or antibiotics, and purchase fish that are only wild and sustainable. I feel that this way of eating and feeding my family is not only healthy but responsible. All of the recipes on ISMS strive to fit my views as much as possible. Like I said, it’s not a perfect world and I’m positively going to eat a non-organic apple covered in heavy processed hydrogenated caramel and a corn dog – can’t leave out the corn dog – this year at the state fair. So my view on food for myself and my family is as whole and clean as possible but with understandable exceptions.
Are you a cook or a chef?
I’ve always had an obsession with food. When I was little I ran home form school and watched Julia Child, The Galloping Gourmet, and Justin Wilson on TV religiously and at age 12 had subscriptions to any magazines that had recipes in them. I’ve always loved to cook and create but when it came time for me to decide on a college, I chose art school instead of culinary. Being a chef never crossed my mind as I had no clue what opportunities were available at that time. I am completely self taught and there’s never a day where I don’t learn something new about food. Somedays, I wish I had gone to culinary school but I think my education and experience in art and design has helped me tremendously with what I do now and don’t regret a thing. I am a passionate and professional cook.
What camera equipment do you use?
I’m a Cannon girl and have been since my first class in high school. I used a simple Rebel for years but now use a 70D. Check out the resources page for additional cooking and photography equipment that I use.
Favorite song to cook to?
Oddly enough this gets asked a lot. My favorite song to cook to is “Sinner Man” by Nina Simone. That song has got a soul and for some reason it just pairs with food. If that’s playing in the kitchen, then you know I am deeply into whatever I’m cooking. Seriously, Eric Ripert could be standing right beside me and I wouldn’t even notice.
What’s The One Thing You Always Keep in Fridge and Pantry?
In the fridge – good cheese, cured meats, craft beer (the hubs is on his way to a Cicerone certificate as well as working the sommelier levels) and wine, you never know when company will drop by. In the pantry – I always have a variety of finishing salts and overflowing spices. I’m also a sucker for a fabulous bourbon. My bourbon collection is growing and if I ever offer you a sip from my secret stash, you know I love you.
Where do you live?
Born and bred in Texas — Dallas to be exact. I left for a bit but now I’m back and couldn’t be happier. Dallas is fabulous, come for a visit.
Do you accept product reviews & giveaways on ISMS?
On occasion we do accept product reviews and giveaways. I ask that the product has relevance to Steele House Kitchen (whole food, organic, cooking, kid-friendly whole foods). Please contact for further information.
Can I share your work?
Share away as long as you do not include the entire recipe and post and present credit with a link back. Please do not share full recipes as they are under copyright.