Welcome to my kitchen and yes, the photo below really is my kitchen (when it’s all cleaned up and staged for a photo shoot), but otherwise, it looks like any other kitchen in America when it’s used on a daily basis — pots on the stove, dishes in the sink, mail and other junk on the island.
First of all, I’m not a Chef and have never trained or taken cooking lessons. I just love to eat and I love to “create” new dishes and experiment without a recipe. I believe anyone can cook and create something delicious — it’s time that people learn to cook again and not rely solely on the microwave to “heat up a dinner”!
I like to get inspiration from other meals and recipes out there — from restaurants, cooking shows to cookbooks and recipes scattered all over the web. I’ll start with basic elements of a dish, see what else I have in the kitchen and go from there. I cook by sight and taste and modify as I go along (something I learned from my Mother) and so the downside is that whoever is fortunate to taste that meal at that moment is truly getting a one of a kind experience since it will never be recreated again in this lifetime. I’ll go the grocery store to stock up on basic items or if there is something specific in mind, with a general grocery list, but often, I’ll walk away with a bag filled with different foods that inspired me and caught my eye that day.
So as I post my ideas please be aware that these recipes aren’t exact guidelines tested numerous times and perfected to the nth degree, but rather, inspiration for those of you who also like to experiment and try new things. It will be up to you and your personal taste to adjust as needed since I know we all have our own unique palette. The other note is that these dishes are just the right size for about 2 people so adjust accordingly to fit your family’s needs.
In the end, it all stems from the fact that my Mother is the most amazing cook (and yes, I’m sure we all say that, but when everyone else says it, you know it’s true) and I thank her for inspiring me to cook! So to my Mother, thank you for feeding your children the most amazing meals growing up and for whipping up those dishes upon request for birthdays and holiday celebrations!
Enjoy and I look forward to hearing your feedback and creative ideas on other food inspirations!
All the best,