Sommer Collier


FFF LOVES… Sommer’s deliciously addictive perspective on food.

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?
Definitely dinner.

Where will you be dining?
I would dine in a quaint little restaurant overlooking an Italian vineyard and country side. We’d be sitting outside on a cool autumn evening…with an enormous fireplace just behind use to stay warm!

What music are you listening to?
I LOVE old-school vocal jazz. But in Italy, someone would probably be picking on a guitar in the background.

What are you wearing?
Something NEW! Probably a dress that is light and has movement, but is also fitted In all the right places.

What are you going to eat?
Fresh-made pasta, fresh veggies pulled from the garden that day, and local seafood. Then we would have chocolate-hazelnut gelato for dessert. I would be drinking Prosecco…lots of Prosecco. Might as well go out with bubbles!

About Sommer (in her own words):
Wife, mommy, teacher, closet-writer, artist, constant volunteer, master of eBay…undercover cookery queen.

I have always loved to cook.  My older brother tells stories about me, as a little girl, taking boxed cake mixes and whisking them with water.  Then I would pour the “batter” into mugs and zap them in the microwave! (No easy-bake oven in our house.) Apparently, my mom would make him eat my cakes and compliment my efforts. I’m not quite sure he ever fully recovered.

Nowadays, I think he would say I’ve redeemed myself. As a family-taught, then self-taught cook, I have been exploring the culinary arts for many years. Through experimentation, I’ve not only learned a lot of useful techniques; I’ve learned a lot about myself.  

I’m often asked if I have a particular cooking style or an out-right culinary perspective. I love cooking things that brings back happy memories and foods from placed I’ve traveled. That covers a lot of ground! “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 pleasure, guilt free. I’d rather cook food that tastes amazing—and eat smaller portions—than stuff myself with “healthy” dishes void of flavor and appeal. In the RECIPE BOX you will find a mix of light, health-conscious dishes, global fare, and good ol’ American comfort food! 

Over the last 3 years I have been teaching a local cooking class called Confidence In The Kitchen. The class focuses on helping individuals get healthful, delicious meals on the table several nights a week, and to be at home in their kitchens. My goal is to provide easy-to-prepare recipes—with a little flair—and to teach the students to trust their instincts!

This blog 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 to your kitchen!