Last year, my husband and I completely uprooted our lives in San Francisco and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’d lived in California my whole life having never experienced the dramatically changing seasons (let alone a Midwestern winter) before. I hadn’t even visited the state of Michigan before the day we moved, and neither of us had any family or friends there. It was a huge life change and I was nervous…excited, but nervous.
Fast forward almost one year later and we have built our home here. We built the house from the ground up, which strongly parallels how we’ve built our lives here in the last year. We’ve made new friends, became involved in our community, and survived our first harsh winter.
With all of these successes, a celebration is in order. We’ll be throwing a small housewarming party to celebrate not only our new home but the life we’ve begun to build in Ann Arbor. The party, weather permitting, will take full advantage of our outdoor deck. It will be a three-courses, including a velvety dessert and a warm, soothing drink to round out the meal. We prefer to keep it casual and small (three to eight people) —invitations are generally conveyed electronically or in person.
As a host, I believe in an easy, relaxed gathering with everyone in the kitchen, sharing stories and tasting food.
As a home cook, I believe in fresh ingredients and not spending too much time in the kitchen to create a great meal.
My healthy eating philosophy is centered around balance. I believe strongly in the idea of “ having your cake and eating it too,” as long as it’s in moderation.
Photos by Nick Gang