Living in New York, working in residential real estate sales & loving every square foot. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan of Latvian background. I learned from the simplicity of the Latvian kitchen that the taste of good produce is already there! No need to « torture » your food. I prefer the ultra-ancient method of simply cooking with water & keeping all of the goodness of the ingredients as a broth. « Saute » might be a sexy sounding word, but I shun the practice as it simply makes the food heavy. I adore entertaining and I do it often, which includes my daughter, Kamila as guest. Everyone always leaves a clean plate to be sure!