Michelle Rittler of Taste As You Go

It occurred to me that the last time I updated this page was June 2012. So much has happened since then -- I got married, I left my full-time job in New York, and I've launched my freelance writing career -- that I thought another update was in order.

(Based on the picture, you probably thought I was going to tell you that Stephen and I got a dog. We didn't. That's me with my father and stepmother's dog Chloe.)

I'm still trying to figure out what I want to say here, so I'm sure I'll be making periodic updates until I'm satisfied with the wording. Until then, here we go!

Taste As You Go

I established this blog in August 2008 as a way to share my love for food and my passion for cooking with others. As I was just starting to learn how to cook, I was repeatedly told to taste after each step in a recipe (where feasible, of course). This was especially helpful when it came to getting the seasoning "Just right" or to creating deep, complex flavors out of the simplest of ingredients.

Eventually, I began to apply the advice of tasting as I went to the experimentation with new foods, the exploration of new cuisines, and the revisitation of those foods I had previously written off. Living in New York, I didn't want to limit my tasting to the confines of my kitchen, so I also set out to explore more of the city by trying as many new-to-me restaurants as my budget would allow. Not surprisingly, this inspired me to explore other cities in the same fashion.

Each new recipe and each new dining experience allows me to continue living by that early piece of advice that was passed on to me a long time ago -- to taste as you go.

If you'd like to contact me with your comments, criticisms, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much for reading!

- Michelle

Updated April 27, 2013