Hi. My name is Amy, and I am about to finish my undergraduate work and launch into the "real world"--whatever that means.

If you want to give me a job, I will probably name my third child after you. And no, that is not an exaggeration.

Throughout my life, I have been interested in two things: books and food. I was a pretty rambunctious child who got into everything; I was that kid. The only time I was ever quiet was when I would sneak off to my room, climb into my box of books, and read...for hours. I could never get enough of stories, always keeping my nose in a book instead of paying attention to the world around me. When I got to college, I majored in English...because I liked books. And I'd say it's worked out pretty well for me--except for this whole "finding a job" thing.


Along with books, I have always been passionately interested in food. One of my first memories is making French bread with my dad, and I'd always get so excited when I was allowed to flour my hands and get a little messy in the kitchen. Both of my grandmothers were wonderful cooks, so I would flank their sides in the kitchen, intent upon watching every move they made. When I was eight, I received a Klutz kids cookbook as a gift, and I couldn't put it down; I would study every single recipe, wondering how I could create the masterpiece before me...or even make it the way I liked it.

I was stubborn like that.

From making my own "restaurant" at home when I was seven to preparing food for my friends in college, I have always been excited about experimenting with new recipes and sharing my creations with others. That's why I've titled this blog "Serve at Once." It's sort of a double entendre, I think. I've always enjoyed recipes that directed you to "serve at once".. because it means I can dive into the fruits of my labor quickly. However, I have always enjoyed getting to know others through service, and I think that's the trajectory my life is going to follow.

I'm excited to see where my life is headed, and I know I'll be in for some pretty big changes throughout this next year; I have to decide how to get my feet wet in the "real world." Ultimately, I'll be choosing whether I will be happy with traditional work for my degree...or if it's actually feasible to follow my life-long passion for food and go to culinary school.

I am a complete nerd, and I'll be pleasantly surprised if anybody besides my mom reads about my journey through food. However, I love meeting new people and hearing their own stories and perspectives. I'd love to hear from you, so please don't hesitate to leave a comment or two!