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When I was a kid I was one damned picky eater. I hated everything: tomatoes, onions, olives, mayonnaise, avocados, mustard, mushrooms, cream cheese, sour cream, anything spicy, bell peppers…let’s just say I think I subsisted on Kraft macaroni and cheese for a few years there. In college, I got a little more experimental but still had no idea about cooking techniques or good ingredient combinations. I think I still subsisted on macaroni and cheese for awhile.

A few years ago, I suddenly found myself obsessed with cooking. I started to read everything I could get my hands on about traditional cooking methods, and to seek out new and untried ingredients. I started spending every night, and many afternoons, in the kitchen. And I started reading food blogs.

I’ve been writing here for over three years now. Most of the time, I’m cooking for one, so I try to focus on simple meals that make decent leftovers. I love pasta, pizza, and soup, so you’ll see a lot of that here. I try to eat like a vegetarian most of the time, but I usually slip up by using chicken stock instead vegetable, or throwing some pancetta in at the end. If I tag a recipe as vegetarian and it uses chicken stock, please don’t send me irate emails! Just use vegetable broth instead. I promise it will still be good.

I used to post almost everything I cooked, even if it didn’t turn out that well. Now that I more or less know what I’m doing in the kitchen, I’m a little more selective. Sadly, that means I don’t post as often, but you can be sure that what I do share is worth sharing. I’m embarking on a project to go back to those lackluster recipes from the early days and fine-tune them, too, so if you’re looking at something in the archives (i.e. something from before 2009), check to see if there’s a link to an updated recipe.

I believe cooking shouldn’t be a chore, but a joyful part of the day. Of course we all have days when ordering in is all we can muster, but I think that with a little bit of knowledge, a little bit of time, and a little creativity, cooking can be a key part of the day, something fulfilling to do for yourself, or with your family.

I love to hear suggestions, because I think food is best when it’s experimental and playful, and I think there is very little you can do wrong in the kitchen. (Beet and garbanzo bean pasta, though, is wrong. Trust me.) So please do leave comments or send me email. Thanks for reading!

Comments (21)

  1. Hi. Congratulations on your food blog and thanks for linking to my site. How did you find it?

    Good luck with all your kitchen adventures; I’ll be sure to check in and keep up with your blog.

    Cheers,

    -L

  2. You crack me up! I look forward to you “whipping” something up for us when you’re home. Any suggestions for Patrick’s party?

  3. I absolutely love reading your blog, and get great ideas to build off of. To be quite honest, I’m experimenting with a Balsamic Chicken Pizza for our new pizzeria menu. Must I bestow credit unto you in small, italicized font at the bottom of the menu? ;^)

  4. Laura’s food tastes even better than it looks. Man, will I miss it!

  5. Hi Laura! you should send me your e-mail address so I can send you some pics :)

    Jen

  6. Why can’t I figure out how to RSS you?

  7. Hey, it’s Emily. I started a blog of my own for a few reasons. Feel free to check it out and add me to your blogroll if you feel so inclined:-)

  8. Hi Laura, this is just a quick note to say “hi” and to let you know that we miss you . summer is a com’in and I know that you will have a busy one. I know you are anxious for your Mom’s visit and I know you will have a great time. We have had a cold spring and I am so snxious for green grass, leaves on the trees and being able to be out-of-doors ; know you are loved and missed have a great summer..Love ya always gramma:)

  9. Hey Laura,

    Well thanks for commenting back :). I just read your ‘about me’ and noticed that you mentioned moving back to California. I’m actually originally from CA, lived there for about 17 years total (I’m 23 now :)! I’ll have to read more of your blog to see if you mention why you moved to Boston from CA. I bet you miss the perfect weather :), I know I do. It’s good meetin’ ya! I’ll be dropping by again soon.

    Sophie :)

  10. Hey there,
    Are you going to post the recipe for the potato lovliness from E’s party? Just wonderin …

  11. I love your blog darling!!!

  12. I recently added your blog to my blog roll and am really enjoying it. Oddly enough we have quite a few things in common (that list of foods you wouldn’t eat as a kid is almost exactly the same as mine but I refused pasta too! My poor mother!) I’m now in California near my family, but was once 1) in grad school where I learned how to cook, 2) have threatened to open a restaurant with my sisters but know we’d kill each other, and 3) spent most of my life on the east coast in CT, NY and VA.! Looking forward to more posts!

  13. I love your blog!

    Everything I have made so far from it, has been amazing (albeit only brownies and chicken florentine, but I have high hopes lol)! Keep coming up with fun new inventive dishes :)

  14. Thank you! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for coming up on 3 years, and that when I started, I barely knew how to boil water.

  15. hi! i stumbled on your blog looking for a chicken florentine recipe. it came out great, by the way. i took a look around and liked many of your other recipes and your breezy style. it also seems we had a similar food experience, i.e., picky as a child but a gastronome as an adult. in my case, i decided that when i moved from atlanta to san francisco i should open up my taste buds and try anything and everything new. life is much better that way. if you’re interested i have a killer recipe for ginger snaps that i’d be happy to share. it always draws raves, even from people who don’t like ginger snaps.

  16. Ah! I just found your blog quite randomly, but I am so glad I did. My boyfriend is a picky eater turned cooking enthusiast as well as a librarian in the making. Your blog is perfect for him.

  17. Love your style and honesty!!

  18. Hi, (Laura?),

    I’m 3 degrees of separation away I guess…never before have I bookmarked a site for food…we have similar tastes and you’re interesting. Thanks, Michael

  19. hi! i stumbled on your blog looking for a chicken florentine recipe. it came out great, by the way. i took a look around and liked many of your other recipes and your breezy style. it also seems we had a similar food experience, i.e., picky as a child but a gastronome as an adult. in my case, i decided that when i moved from atlanta to san francisco i should open up my taste buds and try anything and everything new. life is much better that way. if you’re interested i have a killer recipe for ginger snaps that i’d be happy to share. it always draws raves, even from people who don’t like ginger snaps.
    +1

  20. Laura,

    Thank you for sharing – I tasted your Apple Crisp – in one word “Magnificent!”

    I will definitely try the recipe

    Robin

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