Savor the flavors of healthy eating!
Welcome to Cookin' Canuck! Here you'll find healthy, flavorful recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacktime, for both weeknight meals and entertaining.
Hi there, I’m Dara Michalski, a Canadian ("Canuck") living in the United States. I'm the writer, recipe developer and photographer behind the award winning site, Cookin' Canuck.
I’ve been a professional food blogger for over 14 years and have filled my site with healthy, innovative recipes using fresh ingredients. My goal is to help you make dinnertime easy.
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be boring or time-consuming! I love using herbs and spices, and finding inspiration from international cuisine to flavor my dishes.
Take a look through my Recipe Index for mealtime inspiration!
A little about me...
I’m a self-taught cook and recipe developer, and I’m passionate about helping people cook delicious, healthy meals at home. Plus, I love sharing my cooking tips to make meal prep more efficient for you. Think chopping skills, batch cooking and more!
Born and raised in Canada, I have a very soft spot for my hometown of Vancouver, B.C. I now live in Washington state with my husband and two sons, and drive north across the border as often as I can.
Learning about the food of different cultures and new cooking techniques is a passion of mine. In the past, I attended cooking classes at the Peter Kump Cooking School in New York City (now the Institute of Culinary Education), the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and others.
Some of favorite cooking education experiences were in the kitchens of wonderful home cooks, including an Italian nonna in a Tuscan pensione and beside my own mum, who incorporates the spices of her childhood growing up in Jamaica.
I was a regular contributor to The Pioneer Woman for about 5 years, as well as a recipe contributor to the digital magazine AllParenting.
My work has been featured in and on The Pioneer Woman, oprah.com, saveur.com, msn.com, The Huffington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Seattle Times, Studio 5 (TV cooking segments), New Day NW (NBC – cooking segment) and more.
Working with Brands
I have a long history of working with brands that I love. I've worked with a large variety of brands, including Adobe, Cherry Marketing Institute, Bob's Red Mill, California Avocados, The Little Potato Company, Safeway, OXO, Harry & David, California Strawberries and more.
Learn more about opportunities for featuring your brand through recipe development, photography, video and more. See my Work With Me page for more details.