I’m Lori. I live in metro Detroit. I like to cook. And write. And take pictures of foodie things. And then gobble those things up. Why does this blog have a strange name? Simple: my maiden name is Fox, and I love lemon and all things lemon-flavored.
Long back-story short, I grew up in a household where we had dinner together every night. We didn’t eat gourmet food, but my Mom did make us dinner at home 6 nights a week. I didn’t think too much about what I was eating, and Kraft mac & cheese night was my favorite meal.
I went to college and got a Communications degree. My roommates and I never had any money, but we did have something called “The College Cookbook.” It was written in the 80’s, and probably given to one of us as a gag gift. But we loved it, and we were always in the kitchen cooking up something delicious (and cheap!). Enchilada casserole? Yes. Chicken Egg Foo Young? Yum.
After college, my now-husband and I moved into a little apartment, and I started work in advertising. At first, it was OK, but I grew to like it less and less. While advertising sounds exciting to a lot of people, my job mostly revolved around Excel spreadsheets. And I started to realize that the best part of my day was going home and cooking something interesting for dinner.
After five years of working in advertising, I had had enough. My husband encouraged me to quit and go to culinary school, and how could I say no to somebody as supportive as that? So, I said yes. Our area has one of the nation’s top culinary schools, so I knew the year-and-a-half wait list for admission would be worth it.
Going to school and cooking all day, every day, was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. Sure, we had to wear hideous checkered chef’s pants and paper hats, but that didn’t derail my enjoyment. I was learning to make crepes! And sushi! And eclairs! And sausage! And baguettes! And smoked salmon! And I was learning it all from some of the best chefs in the country.
Since graduating (again), I’ve worked as a recipe developer and tester, food photographer, writer, restaurant reviewer and private cooking instructor. My #1 rule in the kitchen is that anything is better with a poached egg on top.