Tell us a little about yourself. "I'm a senior in Dietetics at Madonna University! My dream is to one day be a dietitian after I complete an internship next year. I love all aspects of my field, but I find a strong draw to nutrition education. I'm also a Detroit native! My family has been involved at the Eastern Market in Downtown Detroit for 90 years. I love all kinds of animals, and I love all kinds of food!"
What led you to the Cooking Matters Program? "I found Cooking Matters when looking for volunteer opportunities through Madonna. It sounded like something I could easily handle as a student, but I could still share my nutrition knowledge with the community".
What is your favorite part of volunteering with the Cooking Matters Program? "My favorite thing is getting to know the class participants throughout the six weeks. Sometimes, their eyes will light up and have that 'ah-ha!' moment where something I say really sticks and makes sense, and that makes the whole experience so much more meaningful".
Do you have a favorite moment from a Cooking Matters class you would like to share? "My second class was one of my favorites. It was a class for Parents of Preschoolers; on the last day, one of the parents brought in a card for everyone to sign thanking me for teaching them. When I got home and read the card, it said 'You'll be a great dietitian one day!' That card meant so much to me, and it continues to motivate me as a student".
What ingredients will we always find in your kitchen? "I love flavorful ingredients! Cumin, bay leaves, pie spice, and lavender are staple dried spices. I have a lot of baking staples, various kinds of teas, dried fruits, and frozen veggies. Having basic ingredients gives you a lot of options when it comes to cooking!"
What do you like to do in your spare time? "When I'm not cooking, baking, or studying, I love to crochet, visit cats at the animal shelter, or instructing yoga on campus. I also love trying new foods and exploring Metro Detroit".