FOOD IS LIFE.

10.8.2016

Photo credit: Kate Magee

I love you, food.
You are my favorite.
You make me happy when I’m sad.
You give me hope when I have none.

I wrote that myself. You’re welcome. I mean it so hard.

Now, sometimes it doesn’t get any better than sitting in a restaurant and being served a delicious meal by a professional chef. But to me, the most satisfying meals are the ones made with love in my own kitchen. I love cooking, it's one of my favorite things to do. It’s a way to unwind at night or spoil my hubby.
A lot of people think they aren’t good at cooking. And the truth is, some people just aren’t. But everyone can be great at cooking a few really good dishes. Basil, my husband, always claims he is a terrible cook, but really, he’s just lazy. When he actually takes the time to try and he puts his mind to it, the meal is always amazing and he feels good about what he did. Every time he tells me that it’s therapeutic. And it really is.
Cooking is a love language.
That’s what Something Good to Eat is all about.

But, my problem is that I have all these food sensitivities. It’s so dumb. Who invented those? If it was you, God, then I just want to say that I’m confused about it. Why me?
The only upside to my situation is that most of the foods I’m sensitive to are foods that we need to cut back on anyways. Gluten. Dairy. Corn. Certain meats. (I’m not saying no one should eat those things. [I’d kill for some regular Fig Newtons or a gluten-filled beer, and if you can do it, you should go for it.] I’m saying that most of us eat way more of those things than we should.) This has forced me to get really creative with my cooking and focus on cooking with primarily whole foods without gluten, dairy, and corn. I love experimenting with paleo & vegan options as well.

If you don’t have food sensitivities, these recipes will be healthy for you and taste yummy… and if you do have food sensitivities, they’ll be crucial additions to your menu and some alternatives to the foods you miss.

If it makes you feel any better, I used to be a water burner. Yeah, a water burner. When i left for college my mom was worried about me. She’d say I could “burn water” because I didn’t know what I was doing. It’s not her fault, I just never took the time to learn how to do it. (I love my mom. One of my favorite things about her is that she tells it like it is. It saves everyone a lot of time.) And she was right to be worried, my health took a toll because instead of cooking for myself, I grabbed what was easy and fast, and 99% of the time it was unhealthy. So, one of my goals is to make these recipes easy enough for a college kid and good enough to satisfy your food-snob family member.

I’m not much of a rule follower when it comes to my cooking. I don’t normally use recipes, so I’m excited for the motivation to put a method to the madness and perfect these dishes to share with you. That being said, I strongly encourage you to take what I do and experiment on your own. Some of the best dishes I’ve ever made are when I come home and throw together whatever’s in my pantry, freezer, or fridge. Somehow those are always the ones that end with my husband, Basil, saying it was the best thing he’s ever eaten. I promise that if you take some time and just cook, mess up, try again, try something new, get your hands in it, fall in love with it… you will get better and it will become natural for you.
I want you to become a chef in your home and experience all the benefits of cooking.

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I hope you find Something Good in each section of this blog.
My goal is to help you be more creative in every season and in all kinds of ways.

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