Mila grew up in a house surrounded by great cooks and bold flavors. For many years, she excelled at baking, but was content to leave most of the savory food preparation in the skilled hands of others. Her brother is a wizard in the kitchen and has since gone on to become a professional chef.Although her love affair with food started early in life, she didn’t realize how much fun cooking with vegetables could be until she started hanging out at the Ithaca farmer’s market and trading recipe secrets with the people who brought food from the farm to the table. Her motto is: “I’ll try anything twice” because once is simply not enough. Her years spent traveling as an International Development analyst began a love affair with “street food,” which has led her to sample exotic flavors from kitchens found in the unlikeliest of places. Her more recent foray into management consulting has only added any analytical bent to her thirst for foodie fun. When she’s not constructing Gantt charts or tweaking Harvey Balls at her day job, she can be found shopping at the farmers market, conducting amateur “comparative analyses” of local food trucks and ethnic eateries, and dreaming up new ways to prepare the simple, rustic foods that she loves.
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