I love to cook. Sometimes planned, sometimes not. I try and make whatever is available in my kitchen work for me! Sharing kitchen and mealtime tips is a passion of mine, after watching my grandmother share her joy of cooking and baking in the kitchen with me!
But as I've learned over time, both cooking and creativity are messy, so perfectionism is not in my realm in the kitchen.
I’ve learned from trial and error, and I’m definitely not afraid to try. I most often cook something original and tend not to repeat. Makes for interesting situations in the kitchen and often surprisingly good results!
When I first lived in SF in 2000 I started hosting themed dinner parties, inviting my closest friends where I’d cook up 6-8 dishes from scratch. Over time I’ve toned down a bit, but believe there is nothing better than homemade from your own kitchen and I challenge myself to make it on my own. As I get older I am really trying to avoid or minimize process foods as is reasonable.
And while I started my original blog at a time I was single living in SF in 2014, somewhere along the way I was lucky enough to find a love that enjoys my cooking just as much as he enjoys me. We both imagined and executed building our dream kitchen in his beautiful 1947 home just outside of SF. Soon after, we were quickly engaged and married, then we had a little girl and left that dream kitchen and home to pursue a new dream and life in Reno, Nevada. Now I’m enjoying teaching my little girl how much fun it is to be in the kitchen, beginning with providing her all the food variety she can experience from the start, and letting her participate and watch as I continue to enjoy creating for my family. No longer just cooking for one, on a regular basis, is a special kind of bliss! Being in the kitchen and how I treat my kitchen is a lifestyle for me. I hope you benefit from my experiences and I can't wait to hear yours!
Special thanks to my mother, who always inspires me to share my cooking stories, and encourages me to write a book someday. I think this is about as close as I’ll get so enjoy, mom.