This blog is not for the faint of heart, or should I say faint of palate. 

About the blog: Funky Foods explores the fabulous new culinary ingredients available in the U.S. These exotic produce and unique products feature originality, ethnic origins, quality ingredients, and above all, unexpected flavors. My mission is to discover and use specialty foods in ways accessible to all. Learn to be more open with food because let’s face it, you’ll never like new things unless you give yourself the chance to try them. So get ready for some seriously unconventional, exceptionally cool ways to change up your daily eating. (You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried bacon jam!)

About the Chef: I am a kitchen elf. Small in size, but big with enthusiasm, diligence, and imagination. In the mythical land of Ithaca, NY, I studied Writing and graduated with a passion for cooking. One day, a forest nymph took me under her wing as a kitchen assistant. Every week we meticulously (and repeatedly!) tested recipes for her cookbook, Feast by Firelight. On the side, I learned more about the industry by working with various food businesses: my favorite local café, a startup, a rough and tough restaurant, and a cheese shop. When I’m not cooking at work, I’m cooking at home, continually learning, improving, and eating.

About the music: It’s a kitchen sin to cook without tunes. That’s why I’ve included artists and albums in the recipes. Let the funky grooves motivate you as much as the funky foods.



In a world of food restrictions and health problems, how do I please everyone? 

Diet: I offer vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe variations when applicable. Don’t see one? Let me know! Or send me your own ideas.



Finding funky foods is a click away. 

Stores: Wegman’s • Green Star • Whole Foods •  Stop & Shop • Tuesday Morning • Marhsall’s

Online: Zingerman’s • Funky Foods • Specialty Foods Association • iGourmet • Gold Mine Natural Food Co. • Stonewall Kitchen • Kalustyan’s • Mouth



Acknowledgment to people who spark my creative appetite.  

Mentors: Mom • Papa • Chloé • my friends (old and new) • my neighbors • Barbara Adams • Emma Frisch • Andre Jaquet • Maria Salino • Ina Garten • Frankie Celenza • Coley Cooks • Joann Spinelli • PopPop • Mammi

TV Shows: Food Wishes with Chef John • Cooking with Dog • F*ck That’s Delicious • Binging with Babish • French Guy CookingPeaceful Cuisine • Great British Bake Off • Chef’s Table • Somebody Feed Phil  • Samurai Gourmet • Julia Child the French Chef



Learn a bit more about me. 

  • I know the complete Micheal Jackson Thriller dance
  • I compost!
  • K-Pop boy bands are my guilty pleasure
  • I keep my bread in the freezer
  • Je parle français
  • I’m a pineapple-on-pizza advocate
  • I can roll my R’s
  • I love me a good ol’ pickle & pb sandwich
  • I’m a lefty
  • Before cooking, I thought I wanted to be a doctor, masseuse, fashion designer, movie director, anthropologist, book editor, and yoga teacher
  • This blog started as my Senior Thesis



Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking • Mark Bittman’s How to Cook EverythingNY Times Cooking • The Kitchn • Serious EatsFood52All RecipesAmerica’s Test KitchenStill TastyWikipedia • Specialty Produce 



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