I began this blog in November of 2015, five months to the day after my mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer, and just about 7 months after I married my partner in crime. Each of these events shifted my perspective in both challenging and wonderful ways. Most profoundly, I now carry a deep desire to spend my time surrounded by loved ones and being intentional about prioritizing things that I love such as experimenting in the kitchen. So – here I am!
What began as an outlet for my grief has morphed into a robust documentation of my journey gaining confidence in the kitchen. Over the first year of blogging I’ve tried my hand at a range of recipes and now feel confident preparing meals for friends and family. With every post I tag the ingredients in an attempt to create a ‘file box’ for my future self, as well as my ‘thoughts for next time.’
One of my favorite questions to ask when first meeting new folks is “If you had to rid the world of either chocolate or cheese.. which would you remove?” While I have found myself in the minority on this one, I’d have to remove chocolate. Pass me that cheese!
I spend my days working with kiddos in a K-6 school and spend the rest of my time playing board games, being inspired to try new recipes and chasing Truffles & Cheese (our two cats) around our
apartment new house! I grew up watching my parents prepare simple evening dinners and tradition-filled festive holidays and this space has exceeded my expectations as I work to document the wisdom they passed on as well as the new insights that I gain as I learn the tricks of this fun trade.
Feel free to email me at: ThePantryPortfolio@gmail.com