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The Meaning of Zestuous

Zestuous is a combination of fire, spice and excitement wrapped up into food that is sensuous, sumptuous and voluptuous. The recipes on this blog combine complex, attention-grabbing flavors that I’ve tasted from around the world. Each recipe includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step photos, so anyone can make these dishes at home.

I’ve been lucky in life. I’ve traveled the world as an Army wife. I’ve been to 44 of the 50 states and to 26 countries. I’ve eaten unique delicacies in Korea, I’ve taken culinary classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Las Vegas, and I’ve devoured good ol’ southern cooking throughout the U.S. Everywhere I’ve traveled has influenced my palate and allowed me to add new zest to my recipes.

At night and on weekends, I’m forever in the kitchen. It’s where I turn to relieve the stresses of everyday life. I love to cook and bake, and I especially love to experiment. Someday I would love to attend both the Cuisine and Pâtisserie programs at Le Cordon Bleu. Until that time, I have fun doing things my own way as a home cook.

Through this blog, I share my classic recipes and new experiments, so you, too, can add a little Zestuous to your life.

~Bon appétit

meet-christie

Christie Vanover

Recipe Developer
Food Writer
Food Competitor
Web Designer
Graphic Designer
Photographer

In addition to traveling the world as an Army wife, I love to hop in the RV and take weekend adventures where I cook on an open campfire under the stars.

States I’ve traveled to

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maryland
  20. Massachusetts
  21. Michigan
  22. Minnesota
  23. Mississippi
  24. Missouri
  25. Montana
  26. Nebraska
  27. Nevada
  28. New Jersey
  29. New Mexico
  30. New York
  31. North Carolina
  32. North Dakota
  33. Ohio
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Pennsylvania
  36. South Carolina
  37. South Dakota
  38. Tennessee
  39. Texas
  40. Utah
  41. Virginia
  42. Washington
  43. West Virginia
  44. Wyoming
Countries I’ve traveled to

  1. Bahamas
  2. Belgium
  3. Belize
  4. Canada
  5. Cayman Islands
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. France
  9. Germany
  10. Haiti
  11. Italy
  12. Jamaica
  13. Japan
  14. Luxembourg
  15. Martinique
  16. Mexico
  17. Netherlands
  18. North Korea
  19. Puerto Rico
  20. Saint Lucia
  21. Saint-Martin
  22. South Korea
  23. United Kingdom
  24. United States
  25. United States Virgin Islands
  26. Vatican City

My love of food influences every part of my life:

  • I love to grill, and I help other women feel comfortable over an open flame with grilling tips and recipes at #GirlsCanGrill.
  • I live in Las Vegas and love the food scene here. I tweet about food news and events for tourists and locals @FoodVegas.
  • I am a food competitor and part of team Viva Las Burger. Together, Julie Hession and I are on a mission to build the world’s best burger.
  • I design websites and graphics for other foodies and chefs including Ben Vaughn, Dr. BBQ and Sandwich America.

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