The Freshman Cook: About Me

     Hi! My name is Teri, and I live near Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband and my son. I have been a professional chef and restaurant owner for the past 20 years (give or take a few)! I am not a freshman cook, but I write this blog for the freshman cook. I picked this name because I started this blog when my son began his sophmore year in college. He did not want to use the meal plan at school, and I worried that he might find himself eating too much junk food. Although he was very conscious of what he ate, I know how easy it is to just “drive thru” for dinner. Anyway, the idea worked, and he began cooking foods that he would eat if he were at home and I had cooked.      While I was a chef, one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen was teach others how to cook. I think it is a great skill to have, and I usually worked with a lot of people younger than myself, who weren’t sure what they were going to do with their lives. I always told them that as long as you can cook, you will always be able to find employment. Cooking is a skill that you can utilize pretty much anywhere in the world, and those skills transfer to a home kitchen quite easily.      I love to cook and bake, and I want to share my enthusiasm. Cooking is truly my passion, and I want to help you make it yours.  I want to help you find that place I find when I cook and bake~a place where I belong, where I feel totally at home, a place where I know I am doing what I was put here to do. This is my place, my niche, where the only limit is my imagination. I hope this blog inspires you and helps you find your passion. So, let’s get cookin’!!      If you ever have any questions or concerns about something in my blog posts, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Here are a couple of my most clicked on recipe posts. To find others, click on the recipes page. Valentine Chocolates w/ a Cookie Butter Center Valentine Mousse Cups

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