Hello, my name is Shannon Vavich. I am the mother to seven children (ages 3-18 years), and the wife of an active-duty Marine Corps Colonel. I am also a professional recipe developer and food writer.

For twenty-one years, I have followed my husband’s military career all around the world and have studied food and culture in France, England, Switzerland, Morocco, Greece, Italy, New Orleans, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Okinawa, Japan and most recently, Eastern North Carolina, where I currently live with my family.

I have worked in the food industry for eighteen years. I owned my own gourmet cake and catering business for eleven years.  Now, I develop recipes for this blog, I do contract recipe development for small food companies and custom food creation and photography.  But you probably know me best from my LIVE, REAL-TIME, REAL-LIFE cooking show that I produce, write and present from my own kitchen.  With over 160,000 views in the last 18 months, it’s a hit. It’s the first of it’s kind and I’m loving every minute of it!  Check it out here (link).

Most importantly, I cook for my family of nine every day.  I like to cook easy, healthy, frugal recipes.  I’m always developing new time-saving methods and ways to maximize my time in the kitchen.  I believe that cooking can be a great activity for families to enjoy together and I try to keep it fun.

Over the years, I have turned my family kitchen into a “culinary scrapbook” of our travels and adventures.  Military life can be very challenging, but the memories of good times are recounted each time I recreate a favorite dish from a country we have lived in or a place we have visited.  My kitchen is the center of our home and mealtimes are the one constant in our busy and uncertain lives.

My blog is called “The Flying Kitchen” because we are always “flying” from duty station to duty station.  It’s just one big culinary adventure!

**Post HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE**.  2019:   I currently live in Georgetown, Kentucky with my children.  Our home on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina sustained water damage during Hurricane Florence, and was subsequently overrun with mold.  I’m severely allergic to mold, so I moved away.  We will be moving to Germany in June of 2019.  I’m tired of moving, but willing to go for the FOOD ADVENTURES that await us!!  I had to close my cooking school due to our relocation, and am currently developing a “Home Management Mentorship Program” , which will enroll subscribers for top-notch coaching, instruction and motivation.