When I met my husband in 2001 I could only make a few things: Rice-a-Roni, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Ramen noodles. (I could bake, though, too, since it requires following instructions exactly, perfect for a Type A personality.) Eventually I started branching out from packaged foods, mostly making recipes in my 4 and 6-ingredient cookbooks respectively.
When my husband and I first moved into our house in the Pocono Mountains in 2005, I still wasn't much of a cook. I worked at home for 6 hours, and most nights my husband didn't get home until 6:30 PM. While I waited, I watched re-runs of Rachael Ray's "30 Minute Meals." It was the perfect show to spark my interest in cooking. Her show demonstrated how to make a meal step-by-step, but took short-cuts where possible, like buying shredded cheese. Perfect for the home cook just getting to know her kitchen.
Over time my confidence and skills in the kitchen grew, and I branched out, willing to try more difficult recipes from other chefs, and ones with ingredients I hadn't used before. At the same time, with each additional year in the Poconos, I embraced the culture of this area more and more. One thing I embraced immediately was the local farmer's market, and all it has to offer.
And here I am years later, and I've not only learned to cook, but I've come to love it as well. This blog is my effort to highlight what I love about this area and one of my favorite areas of my home: the kitchen.