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Seventeen-year-old Wiltonian Abby Schiff has been interested in food for as long as she can remember.
“Though 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,” said Abby, who just finished her junior year at Wilton High School.
“Throughout 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.”
Abby 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 “Things I’ll cook when I’m old enough.”
“One day, my dreams came true,” she said. “Around 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.”
Not long after she started cooking, Abby’s friends and teachers suggested she start a blog to chronicle her “culinary endeavors,” so she “signed up for a Tumblr account, got out [her] camera and put together what would become Yes to Yummy” in April 2013.
“In the fall of 2013, I moved over from Tumblr to my own yestoyummy.com domain, and that’s what I’ve been using ever since,” she said.
“My Tumblr blog only took a few hours to set up, but with my website — the one I still use today — it took several months to work out all the kinks.”
Abby describes Yes to Yummy as a “marriage between exciting culinary adventures and flexible ways to eat healthfully.”
“It’s the perfect solution for a gourmand who still wants to eat something nourishing,” she said. “The goal is to show people that healthy food can be delicious and it doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless.”
Abby said she makes and photographs all of the recipes featured on her Yes to Yummy website.
“With the exception of my travel posts, if I didn’t cook it myself, it’s not going on the blog,” she said. “All of my neighbors have probably seen me outside, squatting with my camera over a plate.”
She 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.