I am a native Northern Californian of English parents, live with a Lebanese man and love to travel and experience different cultures and cuisines. All of these things influence my cooking. I buy almost all of my produce at the farmers market every week and then I make a list of the veggies I hauled home that week and look for new ways to cook them. I have also experimented with raw foods and we've been drinking green smoothies for breakfast since early in 2009 (to try this out yourself just throw a handful of washed spinach into a fruit smoothie - you won't even taste it and if you add blueberries you won't see it either - great way to get greens in a 2 year old). My current smoothie includes ground flax seeds, coconut water, protein powder and a banana and a mixture of other fruit in addition to 5-6 cups of spinach and kale.