New cooking blogger in town

Hi There! My name is Katie Duma and I’m a new cooking blogger here at the Times Union. You probably find yourself wondering who I am and how I will be contributing to the already awesome Recipe Box blog. Well, let me introduce myself a little bit.

I was born and raised in the Capital Region and this area is truly what I call home. I attended three local colleges over my educational career and have recently completed my master’s degree in Business. I have worked in the advertising department here at the Times Union for almost five years now as a Digital Media Coordinator. I am a vegetarian and have been for the last four years. I enjoy eating healthy for the most part; however I do indulge every now and then. While I am a vegetarian, I do cook non-vegetarian meals for my hubby who cringes at the thought of a meatless meal for dinner. I got married in 2010 to my husband and best friend and he has been very understanding as I learn to cook.

While my mother is an absolutely amazing cook; I find that cooking isn’t a skill that comes easy to me. You name the cooking mistake, and I have made it. I have overcooked, undercooked, spilled things, burnt things, and much much more in my cooking past. So what I would like to contribute to this blog is my tips for beginner chefs, appetizers, desserts, side dishes, recipe successes, recipe fails, make ahead meals, 5 ingredient meals, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. I would like to do a feature each week that details a new recipe that I have tried and whether it was a Hit Or Miss.

I hope you will come along on this cooking adventure!

Katie Duma