There is a reason that everyone congregates in the kitchen. Put out a few platters of food and you create a community. If you want to know what I am about, that is it! I just enjoy food as a way to bring people together. I grew up in Louisiana where I developed a love of big flavors and an appreciation for delicious food served family style. No matter how grand the gathering, there is a sense of ease about Louisiana entertaining. After I finished school, I headed west to California, where I became obsessed with the local farmers’ markets and Cal-Mex cuisine. Those influences inform my style of cooking to this day. (I ended up in New York City but that is an entirely different story!)
I have always loved healthful, whole food cooking but I also took for granted my body’s ability to tolerate processed foods and junk in general before I had kids. There is nothing like having three babies in four and a half years to make you really think about what you are eating. Ultimately, I discovered a deeper respect for my body and an intense desire to feel strong. Most of the time, I eat with those things in mind.
Let it be said, though, that I am not above a splurge. I might share a few of those recipes here, too, in the interest of full disclosure.
I am not a chef or a nutritionist. I am just a girl who likes to cook. I want to feed you gorgeous, good-for-you food and hopefully inspire you to make it, too. Thanks for visiting Kitchen Below Canal. I am excited to have you here!
Dawn Cassidy lives in Manhattan with her husband, three young children and one slightly neurotic wiener dog.
photo credit: Jaimie Baird