My path to the kitchen

I grew up eating food, real food. Not processed food, not McDonald’s, real food, good food cooked by my mother, aunt and nana. I also grew up eating whatever was put in front of me or I didn’t eat. Simple as that. No special meal because I decided that green foods were evil or the next week I would only eat mac and cheese. Nope, if Mom cooked it, I ate it and that was AOK with me, cause whatever she made was always yummy!

My only complaint always seemed to be that she would throw something together some night when she got home from work and it was awesome and she couldn’t recreate it cause she just used what she had on hand and didn’t write any of it down. I developed similar cooking habits although I’ve gotten way better at writing my recipes down!

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a food lover, all foods and have always been willing to try anything. I can count on one hand the foods I don’t like. If I say I don’t like it, it is an honest dislike. It means I’ve tried it more than once and prepared a couple of different ways before relegating it to my dislike list.

Top Chef, Food Network and Cooking Channel have managed to bring out the budding chef in all of us! Even before these shows somewhere along my cooking and eating path I came to believe that if I can buy it in a store, I can make it at home! If I fall in love with a dish at a restaurant I’ll go home and try to recreate it from the menu description and taste. I’m not always successful! But I will always try!

In December 2011 my Mom was diagnosed with Celiac and forced to go gluten free. To show our support, my boyfriend and I both made that choice as well. I was grappling with my own health issues – several years of bouts of debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – and thought the diet change might help. We have also leaned heavily toward Primal and Paleo eating as well.

All of this threw a major wrench in my desire to become a better baker and even go to school to become a pastry chef. Again, none of it stopped me from trying. In fact I went on a major baking frenzy for several months redoing baked goods to make them gluten free and/or paleo. Again, some successes, some failures, always willing to try!

My food beliefs are simple – keep it real! Read labels, if you cannot pronounce it or have no idea what it is…if it doesn’t come from nature, don’t eat it!

Mostly organic, mostly local, gluten free and always REAL!

That is what you find at Red Apron Cooking!

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