Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Shaped by weekend jaunts to The West Side Market for produce and pierogies, summer corn grown close to the shores of Lake Erie, juicy ripe beefsteak tomatoes and grape leaves plucked from a Murray Hill backyard. Further influenced by maple syrup just tapped at an Amish farm in Geauga County, Sunday lunches of corned beef on rye at Corky and Lenny’s, and Hough Bakery cakes.
Studied education and psychology as an undergraduate at Lesley College in Cambridge Massachusetts, because that is what “nice girls” were supposed to do. Earned a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration at Case Western Reserve University, so as to be taken seriously.
Eyes opened and taste buds tantalized first night in Rome, at the age of fourteen, as sautéed Elephant Ear mushrooms on a silver platter arrived at the table via white-jacketed Italian waiter.
Explored the breadth and depth of food culture by travel and life’s adventures, an ongoing pursuit. Studied culinary arts at Zona Spray Cooking School in Hudson Ohio and La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France for fun. Changed career direction after completing Culinary Arts degree program at Scottsdale Community College.
- Pastry Chef and Kitchen Manager – Cafe Bistro Bar and Grill.
- Caterer, Private Chef, Special Event Planner, Menu and Recipe Developer, Business Writer – Tastes by Carol
- Culinary Program Manager and Chef Instructor – Sur La Table
- Contributing Writer – PhoenixNewTimes Chow Bella
Urged to blog first by a word savvy niece, a long time ago. After dragging my heels, here is my place to share tips and tidbits about cooking, food culture, personal rants and raves, and lessons learned-mostly the hard way.
Thanks for asking! Carol Blonder