The Experimental Gourmand was created by Kathy Blake, a classically-trained freelance chef and culinary consultant, who also writes about getting out and exploring the local food scene by attending events, creating great-tasting dishes, visiting area markets, and interacting with the people who make the food we like to eat. Here she shares her cooking tips and recipes, as well as stories of growing up in Virginia with her many siblings and experiences of living in England, Italy, and France. Her culinary services are available for hire.

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Looking for something to do with your children during Spring Break? Visit the NY Botanical Garden for Culinary Kids Food Festival. I'll be there helping out!