Reviving homemade meals for today’s modern cook.
- You dream of having time to make comforting meals everyone will actually eat and hearing the compliments that come with them. For once, it sure would be nice to have some peace in the kitchen!
- You’ve wasted hours pinning recipes on Pinterest you know you’ll never have the nerve to try. Or you do, and they just don’t measure up to your family’s approval.
- You’re tired of trying to pull together something for dinner every night only to hear groans of disapproval when you serve it.
- You have picky eaters who all want something different for dinner and you’re tired of playing short-order cook.
- You wish meal time could bring your family together at the table like it did when you were a kid. Instead your family crashes in front of the television and barely talks.
- You love to cook, but you’ve been making the same old recipes for so long–you need something new, but still easy to make and tastes great!
I believe you really can make simple comfort food at home even when the day is hectic.
I believe you can make food that wins the praise of family and friends and leaves you feeling like what you made was really worthwhile.
I believe there are more easy dinner solutions than what comes out of a box or from the crock of a slow cooker (I say soft food every night is only good if you don’t have any teeth).
What others are saying
“My husband said your dish was the best he had ever eaten and coming from him that’s saying a lot. Thank you so much for this recipe.”—Wanda
“I made your recipe for a cookout with friends, and they have been BEGGING me to make it again ever since! They even DEMANDED that I bring it to our Christmas potluck! Thanks for creating such an awesome and tasty recipe!!”
Imagine having the time to make the comforting food that brings you praise from your family and friends. The food that leaves everyone scraping the pan and asking you for more. And the best part? You did it with simple, easy to find ingredients that only took a few minutes to put together. Yes, it really is possible
About Rachel, and the pumpkin cookies that shaped this blog
There was a day in 2010 when my 6-year old daughter stumbled off the school bus. Her speech was slurred, she was off balance, and erratic.
“Heeeeyyyyy mommmmmm!” she wailed as she got in the car.
I glanced sideways at her, wondering what in the world was going on.
As hours passed, her behavior became more erratic. We went out for dinner and all she could do was grunt and bounce in her chair. Her dad and I were frustrated. I threatened to discipline her if she didn’t sit still and then it hit me–I don’t know why it hadn’t earlier.
“What did you have to eat at school today?”
Triumphantly and a little manic she shouted “Pumpkin cookies!”
Pumpkin cookies. Those pre-packaged sugar cookies with the half inch layer of orange icing on them and I immediately knew what was wrong. I asked for a glass of water from the waitress and had her drink as much as she could in an attempt to flush the artificial colors and chemicals that had shifted her behavior.
That was the moment when a lot of things came full circle for her and for me. Over the years I had been aware that yogurt smoothies kept her up all night as a toddler and that a couple of handfuls of M&M’s meant hours of hyperactivity. She was sensitive about touch and sensations–having to approve every set of sheets before I bought them and every sock for appropriate softness.
As time passed, she was diagnosed with ADD and sensory processing disorder and we knew the role that artificial colors and additives played in her ability to focus, socialize and control her impulses.
She is a glorious, kind child and I have been determined since that time to make sure everyone else could see her the same way.
Cuttin’ the junk for my family and for you
That’s why I’m serious about avoiding those ingredients for her, the rest of my family, and for you. I was already a scratch cook for the most part before, but I had no problem with a blue box of macaroni and cheese on crazy nights or letting the kids enjoy Kool Aid on a hot summer day.
I know that homemade meals are a luxury for most busy schedules and we’re not about being snobby around here–we’re real. I’ll never ask you to buy grass fed beef from cows whose poop doesn’t stink, reverse-filtered water from Saudi Arabia, or cheese from a private farm you have to drive an hour to find and give a secret handshake to buy.
But together we can make changes that cut the worst stuff, we can choose to make meals ahead, choose a vegetable over a cookie, and keep the decadent stuff as a special treat and not an everyday event. Around here, it’s only gonna be:
- Everyday ingredients
- Basic cooking techniques
- Simple kitchen tools
I’m here for you!
You can do this, and I want to help you get there. If you have any questions or want to celebrate your new success in the kitchen I’d love to hear from you. You can email me, or reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook. I can’t wait to get to know you!