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Recipe4Living Editorial Team
Meet the Recipe4Living Team
Dan Kamys, Managing Editor
Dan Kamys is a lifelong Chicagoan. He is an avid animal lover, blogger, car enthusiast, and epicurean. A lifelong class clown and theater geek, Dan has always loved to entertain people. Dan also is the Managing Editor of June Media's other food site, SavvyFork.
So, can he cook? You bet. My first memory of being in the kitchen was sticking my index finger into the blue flame of our stove when I was four or five. You’d think a severe burn would deter someone from spending time in the kitchen, but not me. I started with scrambled eggs and worked my way up with the help of the Food network and my mom’s cookbooks. I love the informality of cooking; you do what you feel will work, no measuring, just gut instinct. If the question was “Can he bake?” that’d be a different story…
What is the best meal he has ever had? Coming from a large Hispanic family, the half and half Thanksgivings are always delicious. A roast turkey sits next to a smoked leg of pork and mashed potatoes become neighbors to Arroz con Gandules (Puerto Rican rice and beans). I don’t even mind the food comas that they send me into afterwards.
Favorite restaurants: Sixteen at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago (order the unlisted Mar-a-Lago burger, they’ll looked shocked), Pequod’s pizza, and any Brazilian steakhouse
Favorite Cookbook: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten and Martha Stewart (Buy it on Amazon.com)
Meredith Gonsalves, Community Contributor
Meredith Gonsalves came to Chicago from green mountains of Vermont. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Journalism from DePaul University, she decided to make Chicago her home! When she isn’t writing or talking about food on Recipe4Living, she’s typically scouring the city farmer’s market for ingredients to her latest recipe. You may also find her biking around the city in her beloved city cruiser or parked at a coffee shop reading Patricia Gregory’s most recent historical fiction novel.
So, can she cook? You betcha she can! Coming from a family where the men dominated the kitchen, she was ready to represent the ladies at an early age. One of her favorite gifts as a child was Emeril’s children’s Cookbook. She still has most of those recipes memorized and will often revert back to them when cooking for family and friends!
What is the best meal she has ever had? One Christmas Meredith and her family traded in snowy New England, for a destination holiday in sunny Puerto Rico. On Christmas Eve she indulged in a 1.5 pound buttery perfectly seasoned lobster tail, and she still has dreams about it.
Any favorite restaurants? For Italian: Patsy’s in New York City, for sushi: Japonais right here in Chicago, and one of her favorite restaurants when she lived in Vermont was American Flatbread. They were her first farm-to-table restaurant and boy can they make a mean pizza.
Favorite Cookbook: French women don’t get fat.
Stephanie H. Kim, Community Contributor
Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Stephanie would consider herself a proud Chicagoan. She's a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With prior experience as a communications intern for the university's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and as a features writer for the Daily Illini, she recently switched from pre-med sciences to news-editorial journalism this past year. With a myriad of interests, she particularly enjoys running, singing and watching movies with friends and family.
So, can she cook? Yes and no. Though cooking isn't her forte, Stephanie is a believer of "practice makes perfect."
What is the best meal she has ever had? In all her life, there have been only a few meals she hasn't enjoyed… but her mom's home-cooked pasta with a side of mashed potatoes, buttery garlic bread and fresh garden salad is undoubtedly the best meal she has ever had.
Favorite restaurants: Chef Ping and The Cheesecake Factory.
Favorite Cookbook: While Stephanie doesn't have a favorite cookbook, her greatest cooking inspiration is her mom.
Shalayne Pulia, Community Contributor
Shalayne is a University of Illinois News/Editorial Journalism major and Italian minor who loves a good recipe.
What does she like to cook? My mom's spaghetti and meatballs, French macaron cookies, and almost every pasta recipe that I can find.