Hello! I’m Michelle, but most people call me Hoot. Or The Hoot. Or Big Hootzen. Surprisingly, it’s not homage to an owl obsession, but a shortened version of my last name. Feel free to go with whatever suits you. I live in Portland, OR by way of a tiny town over the river in Washington. I’m an accountant by day, and covered in dog hair by night a lover of food most other parts of the day. I haven’t started dreaming about food, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.


I started this blog in January 2011 as a way to chronicle what I’ve been eating and the occasional pieces of life for family and friends. I have no formal training in cooking and baking, but I do formally eat. I eat a lot. I used to be a much bigger girl. While I took myself to the gym to get back to a much healthier size, the big appetite never subsided.

I’ll spare you the details about the time I ate a whole roasted chicken or eleven pieces of pizza. It’s never pretty, but it does taste really good. As I’ve gotten older, I’m definitely substituting quality for quantity. That means I’m usually trying one of the amazing restaurants in Portland, attempting one of the million recipes I’ve bookmarked, or eating a burrito. It happens. A lot.

So this is where I’ve come to share my food-loving journey and the occasional pieces of life. Feel free to follow along. I’m sure it’s going to taste good. Thanks for reading!

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