[metaslider id=45595]Click on a photo to access its recipe.Seventeen-year-old Wiltonian Abby Schiff has been interested in food for as long as she can remember.\u201cThough I was picky as a child, my culinary horizons expanded when I started watching the Food Network in second or third grade, inspiring me to try more foods and cuisine,\u201d said Abby, who just finished her junior year at Wilton High School.\u201cThroughout elementary school and middle school, I watched my dad make dinner on the weekends, often helping him chop up vegetables or stir a pot of stew.\u201dAbby said she wanted to try cooking on her own, but her parents were reluctant to let her use the stove without adult supervision. Instead, she said, she printed out recipes and put them in a binder labeled \u201cThings I\u2019ll cook when I\u2019m old enough.\u201d\u201cOne day, my dreams came true,\u201d she said. \u201cAround the start of high school, I took over the kitchen, making dinner for my family every night and experimenting with baked goods over the weekend.\u201d Not long after she started cooking, Abby\u2019s friends and teachers suggested she start a blog to chronicle her \u201cculinary endeavors,\u201d so she \u201csigned up for a Tumblr account, got out [her] camera and put together what would become Yes to Yummy\u201d in April 2013.\u201cIn the fall of 2013, I moved over from Tumblr to my own yestoyummy.com domain, and that\u2019s what I\u2019ve been using ever since,\u201d she said.\u201cMy Tumblr blog only took a few hours to set up, but with my website \u2014 the one I still use today \u2014 it took several months to work out all the kinks.\u201dAbby describes Yes to Yummy as a \u201cmarriage between exciting culinary adventures and flexible ways to eat healthfully.\u201d\u201cIt\u2019s the perfect solution for a gourmand who still wants to eat something nourishing,\u201d she said. \u201cThe goal is to show people that healthy food can be delicious and it doesn\u2019t have to be boring or tasteless.\u201dAbby said she makes and photographs all of the recipes featured on her Yes to Yummy website.\u201cWith the exception of my travel posts, if I didn\u2019t cook it myself, it\u2019s not going on the blog,\u201d she said. \u201cAll of my neighbors have probably seen me outside, squatting with my camera over a plate.\u201dShe also has a professional light box in her basement for when the weather is dreary, she said, or when she just wants a white background. Recipes While many of the recipes featured on Yes to Yummy are \u201cgluten-free, vegan and\/or paleo,\u201d Abby said, she doesn\u2019t \u201cadhere to a specific diet,\u201d but strives to \u201cappeal to all different styles of eating.\u201d \u201cWhile I am deeply interested in nutrition, I am also a total foodie \u2014 plain chicken breast, steamed broccoli and brown rice aren\u2019t going to fly by me,\u201d she said. \u201cMy food must be made with wholesome ingredients, but it also has to have flavor and look appealing on the plate, too.\u201d Abby said she gets recipe inspirations from people she follows on Instagram and Facebook, as well as from food blogs and websites. \u201cWhen someone posts an intriguing photo or announces a new recipe on his or her blog, I often get inspired to make something similar,\u201d she said. \u201cI also have a massive collection of cookbooks from which I frequently pull inspiration.\u201d When she is developing a recipe, Abby said, she usually glances at one or two recipes to get an idea of ingredient ratios or to learn a particular technique, and then crafts the rest of the recipe herself. Abby said eating nutritiously does not have to be restrictive. \u201cYou can be incredibly healthy while still eating a plethora of tasty dishes and you can still indulge in pizza, cake and even ice cream,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve made several healthy versions of all three.\u201d Abby said she doesn\u2019t want Yes to Yummy readers to worry about counting calories or treat food as just \u201cfuel.\u201d \u201cI want them to focus on how eating nutritiously makes them feel in both a physical and emotional sense. Eating healthfully is about so much more than looking good in a swimsuit,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen you fill your plate with nourishing foods, you have more energy, sleep better and just feel happier overall. That, to me, is far more important than a clothing size or a number on the scale.\u201d Favorites Abby said her favorite foods to make would have to be pasta dishes. \u201cWhat I love about pasta is that it\u2019s incredibly versatile,\u201d she said. \u201cYou can pair it with a rich tomato sauce for a cold winter night or mix it up with lightly saut\u00e9ed vegetables, olive oil and garlic for a light summer meal.\u201d Another favorite culinary creation of hers is vegan spinach cannelloni. \u201cI make a ricotta \u2018cheese\u2019 out of cashews, stuff it inside of lasagna noodles, roll them up into little logs and cover everything with homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella \u2018cheese,\u2019 [which is] also made out of cashews,\u201d said Abby. \u201cAfter baking it in the oven for half an hour, it comes out warm, bubbly and surprisingly very cheesy. You would have no idea the \u2018cheese\u2019 is made out of cashews. I\u2019ve fed this cannelloni to cheese lovers who couldn\u2019t tell the difference.\u201d When it comes to her favorite foods to eat, Abby said, peanut butter is her obsession. \u201cCrunchy, smooth, salted, unsalted \u2014 it doesn\u2019t matter. I could eat an entire jar if I was so inclined,\u201d she said. \u201cPeanut butter with anything \u2014 apples, brown rice cakes, a spoon \u2014 the possibilities are endless.\u201d Community work In addition to her website, Abby has used her passion for food and nutrition to give back to the community as a member of the school district\u2019s Nutrition Board, where she discusses food and physical education with parents, teachers and administrators from Miller-Driscoll, Cider Mill, Middlebrook and the high school. \u201cI\u2019m really interested in learning about food on a molecular level, so this year I took AP Chemistry and next year I\u2019ll take AP Biology, as well as organic chemistry,\u201d said Abby. \u201cI\u2019ve also pursued a few side projects in my health classes. Last year, for example, I taught lessons about healthy eating to the children at Helping Hands Preschool, which was an amazing experience for me.\u201d Future plans In college, Abby said, she hopes to study nutritional sciences and possibly become a registered dietitian. \u201cMy dream is to find a profession that incorporates both nutrition and cooking,\u201d she said, \u201cso perhaps I\u2019ll start my own catering business that also offers health coaching, or open a small caf\u00e9 that offers healthy dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.\u201d Abby would also love to become a yoga teacher, \u201cas yoga is another special passion of mine,\u201d she said. Click here\u00a0to check out\u00a0Yes to Yummy.