Dara Michalski, a Canadian (“Canuck”) living in the United States, is the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the award winning site, Cookin’ Canuck. Dara has been sharing her easy, innovative and healthy recipes with her readers since April 2009. More recently, she started writing about her adventures with running, including her first marathon.
Starting in September 2011, Dara’s cooking and view on health went through a transformation, leading to a 30-pound weight loss and a new dedication to moderation in eating and exercise. Read about her Health & Weight Loss Journey. Her recipes reflect the meals she serves her family – full of flavor, occasional naughty, but with a focus on health and moderation. She believes that healthy eating doesn’t need to equal boring food!
Dara is a Canadian at heart, growing up in the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, but has happily lived in the United States for the past 17 years with her husband and two young, energetic boys. She is regularly inspired by international flavors, drawing off of her mum’s youth in Jamaica and her parents’ time in Malaysia during the early part of their marriage.
Dara proudly works with a variety of brands, including California Avocados, California Strawberries, Cherry Marketing Institute, Harry & David, Bush’s Beans, OXO and Green Valley Organics/Redwood Hill Farms. If you are interested in working with Dara, or would like to request a copy of her media page, please email her at cookincanuck (at) comcast (dot) net.
In addition to creating new content for Cookin’ Canuck, Dara and her husband are consultants for families who wish to set up intensive behavioral programs for their children with autism. They are dedicated to making these amazing children reach their full potential.
Head to the Press page to read about sites and magazines where Cookin’ Canuck is featured and awards that have been given to Dara’s recipes.
Dara aspires to give you recipes that fit into your lifestyle during hectic weekdays and leisurely weekend get-togethers. Take a look around in the Recipe Index to find plenty of inspiration for your next meal.