Zombie Apocalypse and Cheeseburger Casserole

Have you ever noticed that in TV land, zombies can bite through a couple layers of clothing? The rest of the body is rotting away, but their teeth are stronger than ever. It’s the same with their hands. One zombie alone manages to quickly rip through flesh while the skin on their fingers is barely holding them together. Continue reading Zombie Apocalypse and Cheeseburger Casserole

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One Pan Cheesy Chicken Tacos, With a Splash of Guacamole (Or a Lot, Whose Judging?!) 

I made some really excellent one pan cheesy tacos! Everyone went nuts over it, and there were no leftovers. I adapted a recipe from sweetcsdesigns.com. I read this amazing recipe and adapted it to my dietary restrictions. (I posted the link for reference, and I will also post what I used.) Continue reading One Pan Cheesy Chicken Tacos, With a Splash of Guacamole (Or a Lot, Whose Judging?!) 

Lazy Days and Slow Cooker Chili

Today is a slow cooker kind of day, not because it’s cold outside, or dreary (It’s actually really sunny). It’s all because I am feeling lazy. I have spend the last three days buying school supplies, going through the kids clothes for donations, and cutting kids hair. I am spent. I just want to curl up on the couch in my yoga pants, drink my tea, and write! Continue reading Lazy Days and Slow Cooker Chili

Documentaries, Food, and the Sweet Promises of Pasta sauce

I enjoy watching documentaries, especially ones about food. I started watching them a few years ago when my eating habits became horrible. I knew I wanted to change but did not know how.

Even though I had a solid foundation in my cooking skills growing up, the 50-70 hour work weeks took their toll on me. Leaving the house at 7 in the morning  and not getting home until six or seven in the evening made my motivation for meal planning non existent. Instead of quick dinners and pizza becoming the exception, they became our go to. Processed foods are cheap, easy, and eventually my mind and taste buds tricked me into thinking it was the best tasting thing in the world.

Fast forward several years and 100 pounds later I was tired of being tired. The first documentary scared the *insert expletive* out of me. In reaction to this, I became a vegan for a year. Not a day, A. WHOLE. FREAKING. YEAR! Now being vegan wasn’t really the lifestyle for me. I literally dreamed about cheese for the first couple of months. It did get easier,but I never lost my desire for dairy. I did really well until one drunken night I found myself ordering the most glorious cheese pizza I have ever tasted in my entire life (at least that what the wine made me believe). Then came the guilt. I remembered the baby cows from the documentary being pulled from their mothers. After a few days of beating myself up I realized, food should never be about guilt.

After my realization, I started seeking out provocative documentaries that made me think about where my food comes from. I wanted vindication for my beliefs and  to celebrate food. I wanted to eat to live, instead of…you know the rest.

I am now very passionate about what I feed my family and where the food comes from. I am not going to be a hypocrite and say that “I only eat organic and all my meat is pasture raised.” I have two teenagers and a husband who eat me out of house and home, I would go broke. I do however, make sure the meat is not treated with hormones and if pasture raised is on sale, I buy it.

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My Kitchen

I love to cook, more importantly, I love to cook for other people. Cooking is how I show appreciation for a job well done with coworkers. It’s  how I show my husband and two children that I love and care about them. Cooking has become a way for me to express myself emotionally and artistically.

I decided to start a blog because in addition to enjoying spending time in the kitchen I also love to write about, and take pictures of the food I create. It is my way of showing others the cooking skills I learned. My mom taught me how to cook when I was younger, and she did it all without the use of measuring cups or spoons. When I learned how to bake a cake from scratch, I asked “how much of each ingredient?” she would then pour the flour into a bowl then pour a little sugar over the top, then an even smaller amount of cocoa over that. She would explain the correct “parts” the whole way through. Her cakes always turned out amazing using this method. This has been my approach to cooking ever since. I have made some god awful concoctions but eventually learned how to make some wonderful meals.

Twenty-five years later I still use this unconventional cooking method to teach my children their way around the kitchen. I show my children that cooking comes from the soul, it’s a form of art. It is meant to be created and shared with the world.

Starting tomorrow, I will share some of my favorite recipes that I have come up with. I like to add a lot of color to my food with fresh fruits and Vegetables. I only use fresh or minimally processed ingredients in my cooking.

 

First blog postBeef and veggies