Welcome to my site- I hope you're hungry! My name is Sonali- I'm a board certified Emergency Medicine physician, culinary school graduate, recipe developer and bona fide foodie. My passion for food started several years ago when I moved back to New York City to do my residency training. I found myself spending what little free time I had away from the hospital cooking and experimenting with new recipes. In 2007 I entered a recipe contest on a whim and ended up being selected from thousands of entrants to compete on a cooking competition (Ultimate Recipe Showdown) on the Food Network. Since then, I haven’t stopped cooking and have won or placed in several contests including the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Contest, National Beef Cook-Off, and National Chicken Contest. In addition, my recipes have been published in magazines including Everyday with Rachel Ray, Better Homes & Gardens and Taste of Home.
In 2009, I decided to take my passion for cooking one step further by attending culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education. Now my time is spent in two distinct ways- part of the week I’m a physician working in a busy trauma center in NYC, and the rest of the week I’m honing my culinary skills as a freelance recipe developer and blogger. I want to use my medical and culinary backgrounds to help you create meals that are nutritious and full of flavor. I also enjoy the occasional splurge- after all I am a foodie and believe that eating is one of life's greatest pleasures. So I believe in the philosophy of eating in moderation and maintaining an active lifestyle. I enjoy discussing the health benefits of foods and encourage people to know what they're eating so that they can make smart food choices all day long.
So please take a look around my site, leave comments and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions (food or health related), click on the "Ask the Doc" tab at the top of the screen. Thanks for stopping by- bon appetit!