Welcome to Kristin’s Kitchen blog.
I set this up because I love to cook, which surprises me more than anyone else because I am in no other way, shape, or form domestic. But there’s something about cooking that relaxes me. Even when there’s a million things to finish and the kitchen’s a mess and I think that nothing is going to be done at the same time and I’m never going to get dinner on the table, I’m enjoying myself. It’s a chance to do something nice for my family, a way to show them how much I love them.
Not every meal I make is a masterpiece and not everything I serve my family is healthy (I wish). I have a toddler who’s favorite dinner is macaroni and cheese that comes from a box. While it grosses me out, he loves it. But nothing makes me happier than putting a plate of homemade food in front of him and watching him devour it. Sometimes, I even get a spontaneous thank you for it!
Some of the recipes you’ll see here are family recipes handed down from my mom. Some I got from Cooking Light or Everyday Food or even Rachael Ray (I’ll give credit where it’s due). And some recipes are things I’ve made up as I go along that became family favorites somewhere along the way.
I’m not a food snob. You won’t find black truffle oil and creme de ooh-la-la on here. These are real recipes that I use during the week and on the weekends. Of course, I make special meals, but I don’t spend a fortune to make them.
One of my best tips for cooking is all about the prep work. Every week, before I even go to the grocery store, I sit down to see what’s still in my pantry and refrigerator. I consult my husband about his needs for the week. I think about the nights I know I’m going to be too wiped to cook (honestly, Friday nights are usually a free for all. Or pizza). I plan a menu accordingly and the only things that go on my shopping list are the things I need to make that menu. It’s a huge time and money saver at the store.
Some of the recipes you’ll see here are tried and true favorites and some will be brand new. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.