A little about me… I grew up in liberal, hopeful Toronto, raised by baby-boomer Americans who thought they could give their children a better life in Canada; the country you run to when you’re sick of American politics. My church youth group had cross dressing dinners, my Dad dressed in drag on Halloween, and I was raised by a village of multi-cultural, differently abled, alternative lifestyle role models. Yep, you could say my childhood was the love child between Harvey Milk and Mary Poppins.
After school, my best friend Sam and I would raid our parents’ kitchens and invent recipes, microwaving vanilla extract with flour and cumin or mashing cereal mixed with soya sauce. Yep, most of our recipes were disasters but we had moments of genius, like our “St. Patrick’s Delight” which consisted of marshmallows, icing sugar, chocolate chips and green food dye cooled in the refrigerator.
Being raised by free spirits, the logical career choice for me was singer/songwriter/actress. I moved to NYC to pursue my dreams and cartwheeled nose-ring first into the queer artistic scene. Five CDs, dozens of plays, hundreds of gigs and thousands of auditions later, my manager calls to tell me I booked the gig as the host for the Curious Cook. I was thrilled! I have always been an out performer and nothing gives me greater pleasure than championing our community while riffing on St. Patrick’s Delight (see Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, Season 1, Ep. 1).
I can’t wait to discover more recipes, and interview more guests. Never for a second have I doubted my decision to be out as a lesbian performer. Many people told me not to get stuck in a niche. But this niche is the best little niche there is and as the years go by, we are growing more and more mainstream. So, welcome to what is probably the first Qwueer* Qkooking show ever! I hope you will join the conversation by asking questions, leaving comments, and sending us pics of your riffs on our recipes.
*Qwueer as in queer, lesbian, gay, trans, questioning and straight but not narrow!