The word alone has different meanings, depending on who you ask. For me, it’s a place I go to relax, to think, to listen to everything from country music, to 80’s, to opera. I go there to create, to taste, to smell, and to show my family and friends how special they are. It’s the heart of my home, and the gathering place for laughter. You’ll find me there at 4:30 am, waiting for the Keurig to brew a perfect cup of vanilla coffee, and you’ll find me again at midnight, making a late-night snack of parmesan and avocado slices with balsamic vinegar.
In any sense, “Kitchen” seemed an appropriate word.
I just like them. They each seem to have a different personality when you look at them. The same goes for my cooking. At times I’ll make a traditional pot of chicken soup, and other times you’ll find me making Chocolate Euphoria Cookies, recipe courtesy of my wacky friend Darlene. So “Sockmonkey“, makes perfect sense too. (I could have called it “Kitchen of the Sockmonkey”…but that’s just weird.)
If I could make a sockmonkey, I would…but I leave all sewing projects up to my friend Donna, my mom or my sister. They are all quite talented. As for me, I cannot sew…but that’s another story.
Actually, that’s probably why I’m here.
Way back in junior high, boys were taking woodshop and girls were taking sewing. I still remember my older sister making a lavender Gunne Sax dress, and it was perfect. No pressure there… So, I rebeled in the best way a dorky 12-year-old could…I took “foods” class. Twice. No sewing for this girl, no sir-ee-bob.
Because of it, I learned quite a bit from Mrs. Thierfelder, like how to cut the good part of the banana bread from the part that didn’t bake, and call yourself a decent home cook. But I digress. Even though that part of my cooking world was somewhat marred, I do have others who taught me a multitude of amazing feats in the kitchen.
Hmmm… well, I started dabbling with baking in my late teens/early 20s, and started being a full-fledged lover-of-cooking-and-food in my early 30s. Now in my later 40s, I’ve come to realize that life is way too short not to enjoy the taste, texture, and appearance of the one thing we all have in common: food.
I love to buy organic, and I think one of my favorite things is to search out farmers markets in new cities. I also have a love for a freshly baked cookie with a good cup of coffee. Oh yum. Because of various food allergies and intolerances, I have learned to watch everything I eat, and it’s made a huge (and very positive!) difference on my physical health.
I live in Southern California, and I adore my husband, and the 4 kids and 2 doggies we have between us. I love cooking for them! I also love God, and am so thankful every day for all He provides and blesses me with!
In this blog, you can look forward to stories from my kitchen, tales of food outings, recipes I love, and food memories from way back when. Whether it’s an italian pasta dish, a food festival, a new cookie recipe, a cooking technique, or a Thanksgiving side dish, I’m hoping I can find at least one item that sparks your interest, and makes you want to come back and read more.
Now, while I’m a carnivore, I still enjoy eating a vegetarian meal now and then. When I’m with my friend Donna, I’m making the meal gluten free. Every so often, you will be treated to the culinary wonders of my dear friends.
So sit back, and take a moment to enjoy. And, if you ever feel like commenting on any of the posts I write, please feel free to do so – I’d love to hear from you! Bon Appétit!