Growing up, food was always a very important part of my life. I have so many good memories associated with food, from eating pizza for dinner on Friday nights (while watching TGIF, of course! Product of the ’90s, man.), reading through my grandma’s copy of The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook while she made lunch at her house for my sisters and me, and having pot roast and potatoes for dinner on Sunday nights. I was fortunate enough to grow up with parents who enjoyed cooking, and this love of food totally rubbed off on me. My mom cooked more out of necessity sometimes, but her sausage and pepper sandwiches and oatmeal raisin cookies are some of my favorite things I ate in my childhood. My dad, on the other hand, is a naturally great cook who doesn’t rely on recipes. If we liked something he made, we couldn’t ask “Hey, Dad, what’d you put in this?”, cause he often wouldn’t remember since he didn’t write anything down.
When I was in high school, cooking became a bigger part of my life thanks in part to trading off nights cooking dinner with my twin sister, and absorbing tons of the Food Network (I miss the old-school FN!). From there, I’ve increased my cooking knowledge mostly through trial and error, a fair bit of Googling, and a no-fear attitude. Seven years of working in bakeries and restaurant kitchens hasn’t hurt either!
For a while now, friends and family had been saying “You should start a food blog!”. I always used to dismiss the idea. Then, when I realized my Instagram account probably contained more than 90% food-related photos (c’mon, isn’t that what Instagram is for?), I thought it might make a little more sense to have a concrete place to post them!
On my blog, you’ll find lots of recipes both in the sweet and savory categories, most of them with a comfortable, home-y feel. I’ve never been much for crazy fancy-pants dishes, though they do inspire me to create in my own kitchen. I prefer to come up with my recipes on the fly, rather than following written recipes to a T. Experimenting as I go is one of my favorite parts of cooking (and baking, to a lesser extent)!
Enjoy your visit!
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