In the fifth grade, I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest.

Since then, I’ve written for The Cut, Bon Appetit, BuzzFeed, Food 52, The Kitchn, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Taste, Epicurious, Country Living, ELLE Decor, Hunker, BUST, Women’s Wear Daily, The Daily Beast, and many more websites and publications you’ve actually heard of. My first cookbook, Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for Your Oven, was published by Perigee/Penguin in 2008 and I contributed to Charlotte Druckman’s Women on Food anthology (Abrams, 2019). “Emergency Room,” my piece on finding affordable healthcare, appears in The BUST DIY Guide to Life (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2011).

While lifestyle service journalism is my main beat, I’ve published numerous personal essays about anxiety, parenting, and my ADHD diagnosis at age 35. 

I live in Kansas City, MO with my burly husband, two young sons, two rowdy rescue mutts, and three backyard chickens.