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Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great- Ratatouille


Hi, I’m Amy and welcome to my blog!!

I love all things food!

I love that you can take only a few simple ingredients and turn them into a delicious dish.  That is what is so great about rustic French and Italian cuisine; its packed full of flavor from just a few ingredients most of which are staples.

To me, cooking a great meal all starts with quality ingredients, keeping in mind that what you put in is what you get out. The majority of the recipes I post will only call for about 10 ingredients, give or take 2 to 3.  This doesn’t include basic pantry staples… If you do not already have these in your kitchen, you’re cooking the wrong way.  The great part about simple ingredients is that most of them can be used in other recipes too!

The point I want to make with this blog is that the only things you need to cook are the right ingredients (fresh is always better), a bit of know how, and a little courage to try something new.  And in my case a husband willing to act as sous chef, busboy, and bartender to make things more fun.

Experimenting with Food

Something else I find a lot of fun is to experiment with recipes I know well and look for ways to try something new. It’s amazing what minor changes in ingredients, cooking methods, or tools can do to a recipe.  One change has the power to make something new entirely.

Cooking in Small Spaces

I know a common issue or impediment for people in my demographic (mid-20s, working in a big city) is the quality of kitchen appliances available.  In many cases, the kitchens are small and the appliances aren’t the best.  As we have lived in several small apartments with builders grade appliances, we have learned to work around these issues.  While cooking requires more attention and care in this situation, you don’t need a kitchen like the ones you see on TV to be able to cook a great meal.

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