All good things come with time, and for me cooking has been exactly that type of evolution.  Growing up my mom made everything from scratch, and I was fortunate to be her little helper along the way.  From rolling out pasta dough to shaving corn off the cob for freezing at the mere age of 8 I've learned, and still do learn, so much from helping and watching her.

I didn't really have the opportunity to fully apply those learnings until a few years ago when (unbeknownst to me at the time) I met my future husband, Ryan.  Our very first conversation immediately turned to food with him exclaiming that he makes the best apple pie (crust included!) around.  While I have yet to see or taste this fabled pie I knew I wanted to cook him dinner in hopes of impressing him with my cooking skills.  About a month in to our dating career I invited him over for a homemade dinner of filet mignon (cooked rare plus, just how he likes it), mashed potatoes and asparagus.  From there we'd take turns going to each other's houses for dinner, making new recipes each time in an attempt to top the previous meal.  After tiring each other out commuting between the city and the 'burbs for dinners we decided to make it a permanent thing.  On August 6, 2011 Ryan asked me to marry him, and nearly eight months to the day later we became Mr. and Mrs. :)

Within the past year or so he has encouraged me to start a food blog as a creative outlet and fun way to share recipes.  So after some careful research I jumped in to the blogging world head first not knowing a thing about HTML code, web layout, or photography for that matter.  And that's how it all started.  It has been, and still is, a work in progress, but that's part of what makes it fun. 

Through this blog I hope to help my fellow full-time workers, wives/husbands, moms/dads, etc. realize that cooking and eating well aren't that difficult.  I aim to share recipes that are practical (hold the tamarind and other hard-to-find ingredients) and incorporate ingredients as close to nature as possible (no processed foods!) without compromising taste or taking up too much time.  Like many people I don't have a ton of time in the day to cook (although I wish I did!), but I firmly believe that doesn't mean you have to constantly go out to eat or that you're forced to make quick, boxed, flavorless, non-nutritious meals every night.   So put your apron on, and get in that kitchen :)

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