farm to table. table to soul.

Hello, and welcome! 

If you were sitting in my kitchen right now, I’d make us some peppermint tea, and I’d sit down with you so we could chat. I’d spend a long time explaining my heart behind this blog. I’d tell you about the time I had an Oprah-esq “Aha” moment while on a business trip in New York, and how that moment ushered me into a season of soul-searching, which ultimately led me away from my corporate job and into the kitchen. It’s a long story, and someday I really do hope I can share it with you, but we probably don’t know each other yet—so today I’m going to keep it simple. 

Here’s the best way I can explain it: I endeavored to start this blog for two reasons.

First, I wanted to provide a space where kitchen newbies and veterans alike could find simple, healthy, and delicious recipes to cook for the ones they love. 

When I was first experimenting in the kitchen, I remember thinking, “How will I ever be able to cook with confidence?” In a world with a lot of Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart figures, I felt like too much of a novice to even attempt basic recipes. 

What’s worse? When I did summon the courage to scope out a recipe or try something new, the only resources I came across either stuffy or written for an older generation (no knock intended here—it’s just, I didn’t know what “place into prepared pan” meant, let alone terms like “blanche”, “coddle”, or “emulsify”). 

I didn’t want to read Cooking for Dummies (call it pride—or call it a desire to read something more aesthetic). I simply wanted access and understanding of how to make good, wholesome food. 

I also had an ingredient dilemma. Growing up in the pacific northwest (the birthplace of gluten-free, and the mecca of "organic" everything) I had developed an affinity for healthy, nutrient-dense food early on. But in my early twenties, I married a giant/athlete who loves hearty dishes. I felt like my recipe options were either limited to “healthy” but flavorless (usually kale-ified) smoothies, or “delicious” but unhealthy, overly processed entrees. My waistline liked the kale recipes, but my husband needed hearty. For a long time I tried to find recipes with a balance of flavor-rich and nutrient-dense foods, but I usually came up empty-handed.

For years, I wished I had someone who could break down delicious, yet healthy recipes in simple terms.

When I couldn’t find anything of the sort, I decided to create a space for such recipes to exist. No frills or fancy terms, just lots of husband- and kid-approved healthy recipes, encouragement, and practical tips to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. 

Secondly, and most importantly, I started this blog because I want to encourage people to eat together

Historically, food has been something that worked to bring people together. But in recent years, the world has gotten really busy. As a result, we're spending less time in the kitchen and around the table and more time on the go.

Regardless of what your background, religious beliefs, or political preferences are – I believe you can benefit from sharing meals (or breaking bread) with people in your life.

Without getting too academic (I’m a total nerd at heart) there’s a lot of data about the benefits of sharing meals together. According to a study reported by Cornell University, children are 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods, and 12% less likely to be overweight in families who share meals together. (Hamons & Fiese, 2011)

Other reports have indicated the long list of benefits that eating together can provide to married couples. Some of these benefits include: a place to connect emotionally and intellectually, a place to express gratitude together, a place to practice mindful habits together, and a reported increase in marital satisfactions with couples who eat together. 

I understand that schedules are crazy and every night can't be family mealtime; but my hope is that you're inspired to make eating with community a little bit more of a priority. 

My hope is that the recipes, tips, and tools I share on this blog will be a source of encouragement for you, if you identify with anything I’ve said here. Cheers to wholesome meals, healthy living, and more time spent around the table.