Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you so much for taking the time to stick around and getting to know me a little bit better! Below I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions – both from readers of this site and from people that I know in “real-life.” There is also some information that I thought would be a good idea to share – so you can better understand what this site is all about.
What types of recipes will I find on this site?
Mostly healthy recipes, with a few treats thrown in here and there. I love sharing everyday meals that you would actually want to make in your own kitchen. Food that is approachable and completely delicious and not at all lacking in flavor. While still being healthy and good-for-you and nourishing.
You’ll find a lot of weeknight dinner ideas, breakfast options and even some snacks to keep you on track. And then of course some desserts too – we all need treats to keep our sanity (or at least I totally do). There are also plenty of recipes that are perfect for gatherings and company.
I am also super passionate about eating whole foods. Real foods and keeping processed ingredients to a minimum. So the recipes you’ll find here are just that. From scratch, lots of veggies, that sort of thing.
What is your eating philosophy? Are you a vegetarian?
Nope. Not at all. BUT I’ve found that eating a plant-heavy diet filled with tons of veggies, fruits, some whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, etc. is what makes me feel my best. Mixed in with small portions (about the size of the palm of my hand) of high quality meat, seafood and eggs. That balance is what I’ve found works best for me and my family.
I used to incorporate full-fat dairy in my diet but developed an allergy to it a few years back (so that’s one thing I do have to completely avoid).
Let’s also be clear – this is my personal eating philosophy – what I believe in and what works for me and my family! Lots of I’s and me’s in there – you need to do what is best for you!
A note on the recipe categories on this website:
Please, please, please be sure to read labels on ingredients based on your dietary needs. Although I have included categories such as gluten free, vegan, etc. – you are responsible for checking the ingredients on what you buy! All products are different – so double check!
How many times do you test recipes before posting?
All recipes are tested a minimum of two times in my kitchen before being shared here.
If you are at all curious (or nosey like I am), my process goes a little something like this:
- Brainstorm recipe idea
- Write down ingredients / how I plan to make it
- Make recipe
- If it works well, make small changes to spices, seasonings, other minor things
- Make again
- Share with you!
And then there are the times when I make recipes over and over and over (with lots of small and big changes) before sharing. Just depends!
Your recipe didn’t work for me – what gives?
I truly am sorry that a recipe didn’t work out for you. Wasting ingredients is one of my biggest pet peeves so I understand your frustration!
It’s hard to say exactly what went wrong since I wasn’t in your kitchen with you. Did you make any substitutions? That seems to be the biggest culprit when something doesn’t work out.
Like I mentioned above, I only share recipes that work perfectly in my kitchen.
But, I am happy to help and try to troubleshoot with you – so get in touch via the information on my contact page!
What is your background in food?
I am 100% a home cook. I have no formal training. Just a lot of trial and error and learning on my own through many many fails.
I did watch both of my grandmas and mom cook a lot when I was little – does that count as formal training??
I’m just a regular person who loves to cook good food for my family and friends. I try to keep all my recipes down-to-earth … meals that are actually practical for real people who live busy lives.
Can I use your photo / recipe on my site?