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I love to cook. And eat, of course. But I have a passel of charming small children (where passel=3), and once that third one came along it suddenly seemed like I never had enough time to cook the kind of meals I wanted to eat. Delicious. Healthy. Delicious. (Did I say that already?) And easy to make–at least most of the time.
I thought that with better planning, we might not end up eating so many dinners of scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs with a tumble of veggies and charred poblano peppers laced with a salty, spicy chile de arbol oil, maybe–but still, scrambled eggs.
I started this blog to motivate myself to start cooking more again. To remind myself how enjoyable it is, and how easy. I’ve been using this space to tell you about the very best of the many things I’m cooking, and in exchange for the daily recipes I share, I hope that you’ll give me some great ideas about what to cook next! Or at least tell me some funny stories. In the olden days (read: before kids), we used to cook for hours, stuffing handmade pasta for ravioli or pounding our own curry paste or reducing fancy sauces. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about just making dinner. And probably a lot of cookies.
I’m usually the cook in our family these days, so we follow my peculiar dietary guidelines: Yes vegetables! No red meat! Yes fish with fins! No shellfish! Maybe chicken. I haven’t eaten meat for years but I think I should try to introduce my children to some protein sources beyond yogurt and edamame (and those scrambled eggs, of course). So yes chicken!
And there’s this: I’m a reasonably experienced home cook. And a busy mom. And maybe something that tastes salty to you tastes perfect to me. So my recipes say things like “a pinch” and “a handful” and expect you to know what to do when I say to sauté chopped greens with garlic and hot pepper flakes. But listen, if you ever have a question, just ask and I will happily provide a more detailed explanation. I want to answer your questions, because I want you to be able to make the recipe as delicious as I thought it was.
You’re looking for great recipes? Hey, I’m looking for great recipes too! Let’s share. I’m ready to get cookin’.
Emmy cooks in Seattle, where she raises children, chickens, and–occasionally–a ruckus. You can reach her by email at emmycooksblog at gmail dot com.