I grew up in the tiny town of Francestown New Hampshire, where I started cooking by standing on a chair so that I could reach the counter. My parents always placed a great deal of importance on preparing and enjoying food. I remember my dad telling me that you couldn’t possibly spend your money on anything more important than food because that’s what makes you healthy and without health, what do you have? I took this to heart and decided to go to college to study nutrition. I graduated from Keene State College with a nutrition degree in Health Science. I then began a dietetic internship through Keene State to become a registered dietitian, which is what I’m working on now. (Editor’s Update: Liza passed her dietitian exam in March 2012 – Congatulations, Liza is not a Registered Dietitian!)
In the midst of all this I got married (on top of Mt. Monadnock!) and had two children, Gemma who is almost two and Ezekiel who is one month old. I also have a black lab and four beautiful chickens. In my free time I like experimenting with new ingredients in my kitchen as well as trying to grow some of them in my garden. I love writing about local food because it makes me feel good to know where my food came from, and to support local farms and businesses instead of huge corporations. Our area has so much to offer, which I hope will inspire you to try some of the recipes in my monthly Savor our Seasons column.