Hello and welcome!
My name is Renee. I’ll be your host, chef, recipe developer, meal planner, photographer, grocery shopper, and dishwasher as long as you will have me. I currently reside in California’s beautiful wine country with my boyfriend James, our puppy Tuck, and our two kitties: Penny and Cleo.
As an at-home cook, I believe that food should be accessible, natural, and above all delicious. This means buying food in its most original form and creating something amazing. Some days this means a trip to farmer’s market and others the grocery store will do just fine. Every day this means there will be wine, but I’ll get back to that in a moment.
Healthy is a term that should imply what you are eating is good for you because it is wholesome and nutritious, not because it is following a current food fad. Where your calories come from is important and vegetables are more nutritious than sweets, but I still love the occasional dessert.
I avoid ingredients I cannot pronounce, but also love to learn more about the ones I often see – like sodium bicarbonate, which can sound scary but is really just baking soda. I try to avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives like protein powders and sugar substitutes, but you are welcome to add them or substitute them in as you please. You may find a random gluten free, dairy free, or fat free option, but please know that I don’t live by those rules.
As for the wine, we cannot forget the wine! I am a firm believer that a glass (or two) a day does wonders for my mood, my food, and my health. After all, when I’m spending time in the kitchen whipping up something amazing, a little wine in my glass keeps me going. Most of my recipes will include a little bit about wine pairings, some of them will even suggest throwing the wine right into the pan! Others will be matched up with beer or cocktails. No matter what I suggest, remember that alcohol is always optional and never drink something you don’t enjoy.
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read. I hope I can inspire you to get learn to cook and get creative in the kitchen!
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