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About Melissa

What two passions would you refuse to give up until you were 6 ft under?  For me its food and photography.  This blog is my recipe box, my photographic food diary, a place for challenging myself.

I am Melissa.  I love ice cream and cheese, cooking at midnight and eating chocolate for breakfast.  I grow veggies in a tiny backyard in the city.  My husband likes food fried, I like food fresh, and our daughter will only eat salami & chicken nuggets.

I am cooking for three, on a limited budget, trying to keep it simple and laughing the whole most of the time.

Why Shoots & Roots? Shoots are the first little seedlings in a garden and a nickname for a photography session.  Roots refer to the roots of plants and roots we eat.  It also refers to our ancestral and historical roots where flavor mingles with memory and culture.

About Melissa

I live in the desert outside of Los Angeles in southern California with my 13-year-old daughter and my 5 yr old son. I love to help people, which is why I am a teacher! I find so much joy in helping others create a life they love. Feel free to message me on Instagram or leave a comment! I would love hear from my readers!

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