Welcome to The Kitchen Scout!
My name is Valerie and I live outside of Boston with my husband, two daughters and our adorable cockapoo.
My passion for cooking started at a very young age. I was raised in an Armenian family and food was central to every occasion. I initially learned to cook by watching and working alongside my mother and grandmothers, each of whom had a distinctive culinary style. My mother, Joyce, was a wonderful cook and particularly enjoyed baking cakes and pies which she made with great love and care. She entertained with elegance and her home and table were always welcoming. My maternal grandmother, Queenie, cooked straightforward meals, but took great pride in presentation. She gave me some of my first cookbooks which I still have today. My paternal grandmother, Araxie, came to the United States in the early 1900’s and had five children so her food was plentiful at all times and you never left her house hungry. Her style was what I like to affectionately call gourmet-peasant. Each of these amazing women influenced my culinary perspective in their own unique way.
I grew up to be a banker, but would read cookbooks before work and cook many nights if only for my single-girl self. After working for 10 years, marrying and having my first baby, culinary school was calling. Since becoming a trained chef, I have dabbled in lots of food-related projects from being a personal chef and private caterer, to teaching, and compiling & editing cookbooks for non-profits. Most importantly, I’ve been head chef for my family of four.
So why “The Kitchen Scout”? I love to try new recipes, restaurants and food products and enjoy sharing my findings with my family and friends. That is essentially what this blog is about – a way to stay connected with the people I love (and hopefully lots of new friends) – via food stories. Let me do your homework for you – I will scout out new recipes and restaurants for you to try and share those experiences with you. My recipes won’t all be original, but I will always give credit where it’s due and I will add my personal reflections and stories. For the most part, all of the photography and writing is original and so I ask that you not use any of the images or words without my permission please.
If you have restaurants or recipes you’d like me to “scout” and share, I would love to hear from you! To receive my emails, please subscribe!
photo on this page courtesy of Peter Goldberg