We are a family of five and this is our kitchen. We love to eat and love everything that is related with food. These are our kitchen experiments and adventures.

We don’t cook anything fancy these are just plain ol’ home cooking by people who love to eat and love to experiment in the kitchen. We started a food blog to document our efforts, one, and to keep me consistent. It drives my husband and children crazy when they positively crave a dish that I had cooked in the past and now cannot duplicate because I made it up as I went and didn’t write it down.

COOK FROM THE HEART – this is my guiding philosophy in the kitchen and also life in general. I believe that if you’re going to do something, especially cooking, you have to put your heart into it. Don’t do it (IT can be anything in life) half heartedly or you well get something half baked or half cooked in return.  Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or intricate, it just has to be well done. And sometimes, ‘well done’ just means you put your best effort into it. When you put love and care in your dishes it will come through better than any spice you can sprinkle in.

I don’t claim to be a food expert, I don’t dine in starred restaurants. I am actually more of a neighborhood dive kind of gal and can’t stand to be around people who are food snobs. I grew up around folks who eat the whole hog, from hoof to snout; folks who gathered food from forests and farms before dinner. My greatest pleasure comes from discovering new ways of cooking the usual and from being able to stretch a meal to feed an army. Frugality is a virtue in our kitchen.

I relish tasting something I’ve never tasted before. I’m game to trying anything (so long as it is clean). That is my only pet peeve when it comes to food, is that it be clean. It doesn’t have to be ‘sterile’ clean, I do love dives after all, it just has to be common sense clean. Poop is out, no matter how much I love Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations. Other than that, if it tastes good, I’ll give it a try. At least once.

I believe in using fresh ingredients as much as possible. You’ll find very little canned stuff in my pantry. However, I’m not averse to using short cuts either. I’ve had plenty a good cakes from a box and will gladly use mixes and canned items so long as they taste good. Maybe that doesn’t speak much for my taste, but it’s one of those subjective things in life. Flavors that I like may not be the same as yours, but you’ll never know whether you would have liked it or not until you’ve tried it.

Eating is one of our greatest pleasures. It is our recreation. It is our bonding activity. We love to share our food and we hope that you enjoy what you find here.

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