The Vision

Hello, and welcome!

If you were sitting at my kitchen island 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 when 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 do hope I can share it with you, but we 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 could find simple, healthy, and delicious recipes to cook for the ones they love.

When I was first experimenting in the kitchen, I remembered 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 were either stuffy or written for my mom’s 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 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 “tasty” 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 a resource to 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. Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding feast. Then there was that miracle of the loaves and the fish. Or the time when Jesus invited himself over to Zacchaeus’ place (for what many believe was a meal and deep conversation). And then, of course, there was the last supper – where Jesus declared himself the bread of life. In many ways, the idea of eating together is aligned with biblical messages of hospitality. For me, it’s actually spiritual.

I’m a believer in Jesus, and a believer that we should try our best to model our lives after Him. But eating together isn’t just something that He lived out. There’s also a lot of scientific data supporting the notion of eating together. 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 higher levels of marital satisfaction and better communication. 

I believe the table is a place to connect with people in our lives spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.

I believe the table is a place to connect with people in our lives spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. It's a place to gather and pray, to have openness and honesty, to savor and cherish. My hope and my heart is that this blog can be a place of encouragement for you in the kitchen, and that time spent in the kitchen can lead to meaningful moments enjoying food (and life) around a table.

I look forward to posting recipes on Thursdays, starting August 11th.

Meet you in the kitchen,

-Tiff