I have a passion for cooking, entertaining, and party planning, and have finally decided to start chronicling my experiences, from successes to epic fails. Most things I enjoy cooking are on the healthy side, but I don’t discriminate. I don’t like cheese, but my boyfriend adores it, as does 99% of everyone else in my life (love you Dad!), and the world, so I either steer clear of any recipes that include cheese, or omit it whenever possible for just myself. I’ll eat pretty much anything else, or at least try it once! I’m not big on baking; patience for measuring ingredients is not my strong suit, but I’ve started to venture to the dark side in recent months (my fails might be more common in this arena). Also, my boyfriend and I have started brewing our own beer, so I intend to share that experience as well. I love comments, good or constructive. Please let me know what you’ve tried and what you’d like to see me make next!
While I do love cooking for other people and entertaining, I also look forward to cooking for Nate and myself most nights of the week. Dinner shouldn’t be complicated, or take several hours to prepare (though occasionally, this is okay and totally worth it), and it should be exciting, taste fresh and like it was made with love. I have an absolute love for anything spicy, but the majority of my recipes can be altered for people who don’t like living on the wild side.
I started cooking at a very young age. When both of my parents worked full-time, my older brother and I would plan out our weekly menus and switch nights cooking dinner. Of course, I wasn’t following recipes or cooking anything extravagant, but I was in the kitchen, making dinner for my family, probably more than many pre-teens can say these days! Grocery shopping is oddly an exciting time for me. As I grew up, it became something that my dad and I always did together. He taught me how to compare prices, look for great sales, buy produce that was in season, and over all how to be frugal, without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. He gave me great incentive as well – however much we saved using coupons, he would give me half the amount in cash! Great deal! This love for food and cooking blossomed after I graduated from my undergraduate program in my early 20s. While I learned many basics from my parents and grandmother, the majority of my culinary skills have been self-taught.
Everyone has been through rough times at one point or another in their lives; I never could have made it through mine without the three Fs: family, friends, and food. They make everything better! There is nothing more important to me than my family and friends, and I like to thank them by sharing my food 🙂
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name of my blog, it was a flattering nickname given to me by my parents as a child. My header is proof. Enjoy 🙂