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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 (crazy?) 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.

Any recipes that I will never find on this site?

Seafood. I know, a lot of people think I’m strange for this one, but I 100% cannot stand pretty much any type of seafood. Don’t even get me started on shrimp or lobster (I can’t do it – makes me want to gag). I will eat white fish if absolutely necessary but it should preferably be crusted in something (like pecans) – i.e. I don’t want to taste the actual fish. So yeah, you won’t see any seafood recipes on here anytime soon. Or really, ever.

Little update as of 2018! So, um, I’ve actually started to like some (key word – some!) seafood over the last year. Most notably salmon and certain types of white fish. I’m still finding my way a bit when it comes to cooking with fish, so you probably won’t see any recipes in the immediate future. BUT. Never say never???

What is your eating philosophy? Are you a vegetarian?

Not completely, no. But I’ve found that eating a mostly plant-focused diet filled with lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, etc. is what makes me feel my best. Mixed in with some high quality meat and seafood. That balance is what I’ve found works best for me and my family. {I also used to incorporate small amounts of dairy, but have developed quite the intolerance to it over the last few years!}

So … you will find lots of vegetarian options on this site (or dishes that could easily be made vegetarian). However there are also plenty of recipes that include meat. I’d say that we typically eat meat about once a week. So the balance of recipes that I share mostly reflects just that.

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 at least 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 and photograph
  • 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.

You seem to really love meal planning, huh?

Yes, yes I do! Mixed in with all the recipes on this site are a few posts on meal planning. Why I love it, how I do it. That sort of thing. You should totally check them out. Meal planning is fun! You’ll love it, I promise.

I also love entertaining. Bringing people together with food (and really just feeding people in general) is a huge passion of mine and just makes me so happy. So you’ll also see some posts on that too.

Can I use your photo / recipe on my site?

Please see my Terms of Use page for information on this topic.