Hi there… I’m Sommer Collier.
I’m so glad you’re here!
I am a Professional Food Writer, Recipe Developer, Food Stylist, Photographer, and the Resident Cookery Queen of ASpicyPerspective.com.
I love cooking things that brings back happy memories from my past, and foods from places I’ve traveled. I also love to give classic dishes a saucy makeover.
A Spicy Perspective was created to share my love for cooking in a way that makes it easy for you to find success in your own kitchen, no matter your skill level.
“All Things In Moderation” is my mantra. I care greatly about health, but also believe that life is short and we should enjoy the little pleasures, guilt free.
That would make my second mantra “Will work(out) for food.”
I first learned to cook with my mother as a small girl. Most of my positive childhood memories involve standing on a stool as the kitchen counter.
My mom was a fabulous instinctual cook, who focused on comfort foods that would feed a crowd on a small budget… Yet she also found a way to introduce us to new and exciting foods on a regular basis.
Most of my training has been mom-taught and self-taught. However, I have had the opportunity to take in-depth culinary classes, as well as work in professional kitchens and restaurants.
Later in life, I taught local cooking classes called Confidence In The Kitchen in the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina.
The classes focused on helping individuals to put healthful, delicious meals on the table several nights a week, and to be at home in their kitchens.
My goal was to provide easy-to-prepare recipes, with a little flair, and to teach the students to trust their cooking instincts.
Although “Confidence in the Kitchen” has taken a sabbatical, the spirit lives on right here. A Spicy Perspective is an extension of our class, and a puree of my personal and kitchen journals. I truly hope it lends you a little extra confidence in your kitchen!
Over the last ten years, A Spicy Perspective has morphed into a cooking resource for millions of people worldwide.
The recipes I share here are tested and used in our family kitchen. Most are tested many many times before they ever make it to our recipe catalog.
Although my greatest focus is offering cooking tips, tried-and-true recipes, and emotional support on your journey to becoming a better cook, A Spicy Perspective has opened up new and exciting opportunities for me as well.
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