Cleaver Cooking


Have you ever sat down to dinner, taken a big bite of your carefully prepared dish and something just wasn’t right? What’s the deal with flavor profiles anyways? How do you cut onions without crying and what is the difference between a simmer and a boil? Cleaver Cooking is here to answer your questions, add some new recipes to your weekly dinner rotation and to take the chore out of cooking.


I grew up as the second oldest in a family of eleven (Yes you heard right, eleven) and had the unique job of running the “mess hall” for a number of years growing up. After starting out in the coffee industry, eventually, my love for cooking landed me in a 9-week crash course at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. I was hooked after that and continued my education through employment at The Culinary Center.

Thirsty for more I spent a few whirlwind months working for Ca Va, a champagne and wine bar, drinking up as much knowledge on wine as I could hold before moving to Fort Collins, Co in 2015.

Colorado landed me at The Cooking Studio, where I learned a lot through teaching people to cook and working under multiple Chefs. Eventually, I began working for The Kitchen Bistro as well.

When I’m not blogging or teaching people to cook you can find me biking to one of the twenty-five breweries in Fort Collins with Tony, running in the Colorado Rockies and always within four miles of somewhere that serves coffee.


Growing up my family traveled a LOT and by the time I was 13 I had visited or lived in 47 states. Once we traveled 1,000 miles and crossed three states for a steak dinner, to our dismay the restaurant had closed down and we ended up settling for Mc Donalds, – Calling ahead is always a good idea. Despite my early experiences, steak remains one of my favorite meals to this day.

I went to college nearly long enough to become a Dr. but came out just shy of my associates. I’ll eat food that’s been in the fridge for a questionable amount of time (much to Savannah’s chagrin) but won’t touch milk an hour after its expiration. I have a wicked sweet tooth and go through so many skittles my diabetic friends take an insulin shot before hanging out with me.

I’m an avid snowboarder, a computer geek that hates computers, even though they’ve been my livelihood for the past ten years, and a closet photographer. While logic and computers pay the bills, I’ve always valued expression, beauty, love and laughter more. I’m excited for a future of traveling to places I haven’t seen, capturing the essence of those places through photography and the experience that new cultures bring.
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