I'm an accidental photographer, baguette lover, and rescue dog mom. Currently obsessed with fancy toast, gin & tonics, and shopping at Target. Read on to learn more.
My life revolves around food – good food! There is so much joy in making something with your hands and having your creation bring people together. My favorite memory growing up was having dinner at my grandmother’s house with all of my family. To this day, all our gatherings involve food! The tasty treats, the company, and the memories are ones that I’ll keep forever!
I’m a self taught cook – almost everyone in my family is an amateur chef. I grew up making ice cream with my mother, baking cakes with my aunts, trying delicious new cuisines with my cousins, the list goes on and on! I’ve been cooking with my family for as long as I can remember. In fact, I recently unearthed my earliest recipe while cleaning… In the first grade, I had written and illustrated a recipe for carrot soup! #bloggerfromthestart. My family bonds over food, so naturally cooking has been a constant throughout my life as well!
Here, on the blog, I’ll be sharing recipes that I’ve created through experimentation or learned from my family. My recipes all stem from me making a mess in the kitchen – it’s my favorite part! For me, cooking is a relaxing experience. It’s my happy place and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
I’m what my husband likes to call ADD – I like everything and I like variety. You’ll find that the recipes on this blog always have suggestions to tweak the recipe to cater to specific diets. By diet, I don’t mean South Beach or any of those weight loss things – I mean lifestyles and dietary restrictions such as being vegan or gluten free. Most of my family members have one dietary restriction or another. By having to cook recipes that could be enjoyed by my family with their unique diets, I’ve learned to make recipes that are flexible and can be made vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, or kid-friendly too! If you’re looking for a specific type of diet, look in the Recipes > Diet Friendly, and choose your favorite from there from there!
Recently, I decided to move R+R over to being 100% vegetarian – meaning my recipes will be meat free and any dairy and eggs will be ethically sourced. There may be some older recipes on the blog that include meat, but the newer ones will be veg. You can read more about it here.
Of course, I can’t do it all on my own. I get by with help from my little crumb catcher / rescue pup / BFF, Harper; newest puppy addition, Ruby; certified picky eater / sous-chef /husband Nick; and my entourage of loving family members who try my recipes and offer suggestions to make them even better.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy!
Because you should always save room for dessert.
You can never go wrong with a good glass of vino. Or two.