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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.
I also started my blog to inspire myself to cook a greater variety of things more frequently, and it has certainly helped – I hope yours does the same for you, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!
I really like your blog and am interested in seeing what you will make! I’ve thought too about limiting meat and eating healthier (but my husband loves meat :) ) So maybe I will get some good ideas from your blog!
Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday…I like the look of your blog. I too try to cook healthy, delicious, creative food in the limited time I have, and I don’t even have kids! We’re all time poor these days it seems. All the best :-)
What is that bowl of deliciousness on your header???? It looks amazing!
Thanks! It’s this: https://emmycooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/zippy-noodle-curry-with-tofu-sweet-potatoes-and-chard/ Enjoy!
Your recipes look great, will definitely keep my eye on them.
I love all of your healthy and delicious recipes. I think I pinned almost all of them! I look forward to trying them out soon.
Thanks, I’m glad they look good to you! Happy cooking!
I’m a fan of the blend of sweet and savory dishes you feature here. Cook on!
Love the concept of “real food”. I’m with you on that!
Your recipes look great. Looking forward to trying some out.
Recipe swaps=Yay! And I’ve just tweeted your blog so everyone else can share your yummy sensible cooking goodness :)
I love food! I look forward to trying some of your recipes; and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Hi Emmy, you can see a picture of your namesake calf here. She is such a sweet little thing. I’m sure you’d be great friends!
Aw…she’s a nice one, I can tell. I did see that photo & read the story when you first posted it–but then maybe you added her name? Love it!
What a lovely blog! I, too, have a ‘passel’ of children, all grown up now, but I’m still cooking for them. Passing my recipes and food memories on to them is what inspired me to start my blog. I’ll enjoy following yours, and I hope you find some recipes on mine that go over well with your family!
How sweet, I’m sure your children are so happy that you are recording the recipes and traditions they grew up with. And I did enjoy looking through your blog. I love perusing recipes, it always inspires me to cook–or, in this case, find some blood oranges to juice! :)
I love what you say about “a pinch” and “a handful”–I always struggle with that thought when writing my recipes since I never measure when I’m cooking for fun. And as someone who was a vegetarian for 7 years, I love all these great veggie options and can’t wait to try some of them! :)
I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! http://tinyurl.com/7djr6bf
What a nice compliment, Marina! Thank you. I mentioned in today’s post that I appreciate the recognition. https://emmycooks.com/2012/02/29/my-favorite-recipes-february-2012/
Love it! Thanks for stopping in to my blog – I have deep respect for other passionate home cooks (I am one too!)..looking forward! ~ :)
I really enjoy the energy of your blog and so I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! Here are the details: http://inpursuitofmore.com/2012/03/04/finding-more-in-just-a-little-versatile-blogging/ Cheers! Shira
Thanks, Shira–what a nice compliment! I’m glad that you are liking what you see here. I love your blog too, both the idea that living with a little less can be equally or more satisfying, and the reminder that we who are fortunate should give to those who are not. Both are so true.
Thank you Emmy! Love to reciprocate, and appreciate your kind words! Keep up the great posting! :)
This is a fantastic site, Emmy! Well done!!
I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Don’t feel like you have to repost if it’s not your thing or you’ve done this before :) I love your site. http://debbrunson.com/2012/03/10/kreativ-blogger/
Thank you so much, Deb, what a nice compliment! As you know, I love yours as well. Thank you for all the good recipes and tips! (Sorry for the delayed reply, but I somehow missed a few comments as they came in–but what a nice surprise to find yours!)
I do love your blog, Emmy, and am collecting quite the list of your recipes I want to make :)
Hi Emmy! I’ve just nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can find out more about it here at my post:
Congratulations – it’s well deserved.
I don’t mind if you don’t repost – you just have such a lovely blog that I wanted to give it a shout out :D
What a nice compliment, Nicole! Thank you so much. I especially appreciate your shout out because I think that YOU are such a lovely and inspiring writer. I always enjoy your posts (even though they make me cry sometimes) and I am glad to get to know you and Emmy and your platypus. Platypuses? Platypi? :) (Sorry for the delayed reply–I am obviously not staying on top of the comments so well!)
Emmy! Your mom served your Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake at dinner the other night. Needless to say, we all loved it. It is now Donny’s favorite cake. He’s coming home after a week of traveling, so I’m going to surprise him with it!
Hi Kimmy! So glad to hear Donny liked the cake, tell him I’ll make it when he comes up soon! I actually pegged him more for the vegan chocolate cake: https://emmycooks.com/2012/01/08/vegan-chocolate-cupcakes/ Maybe we’ll have to make them both and have a cake-off. :) xo
Ha ha!! I feed my kids waaaaaaay too many scrambled eggs, too. Help me, Emmy!! :-)
I am pretty sure that your kids are getting an amazing variety of homemade food! We’ll have to agree to help each other. :)
Great website. Love what you have going on here… a little of everything. :) Will be sharing some recipes with you. High five (with forks and spoons). Take care.
Thanks! High five back atcha, from one “professional eater” to another. :)
Hey Emmy I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award…I think you have a host of awards already but I wanted my vote to go yours since I enjoy your blog a lot! http://kolpona.com/2012/04/04/sharing-the-love-blog-award/ – Tahmina
Thank you so much! What a compliment. I just saw your marmalade recipe and I am so excited to try it. Crystalized ginger, of course! I am proud that a woman who makes such amazing marmalade enjoys reading my blog. :)
We love your recipe ideas and wanted to thank you for following and commenting! Because we love your blog so much, we’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. Check out our latest post to find out more: http://wp.me/p2gmDL-37
Thanks, Nicole! I want to thank YOU for that chilquiles recipe! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying emmycooks.
LOVE your blog! So, I nominated you for the Liebster award! http://livingunrefined.com/2012/04/09/liebster/
Thank you, that is so nice! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying this blog. Thank you for the recognition!
I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I have been reading your posts for awhile now, and I wanted to share your blog with more of the world! :) Here is a link to the related post:
Hi Sarah! Thank you for such a nice compliment. I love reading people’s posts about themselves–my favorite drink is water, too. Except in the morning, when it’s hot water infused with caffeine. :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have awesome recipes here ^^
hi there, i just nominated you for the versatile blogger award ~ you have such great recipes and photography! i really enjoy coming here
That’s so nice of you, I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner! I’m glad that you’re enjoying reading along. :)
Hi Emmy, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ blog award – looking at this comment thread you have many people who love your blog as much as I do hehe!! anyway heres the link :) http://veghotpot.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/kreativ-blogger-award/ xxx
Thank you so much–I’m so sorry I missed this note when you first posted it! I’m honored. :)
Hi Emmy, I just nominated you for the Liebster blog award, but I guess I should have looked here first: I see that you’ve been given it before! No surprise — it’s so well-deserved. Here is my post about it, mentioning you: http://buttersugarflowers.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/paying-favorites-forward-the-liebster-award/
That is so nice of you, thank you! Sorry that I am so behind in replying to comments that I just saw this!
Hey there! Wanted to let you know Big Sis and I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. More details here: http://mysisterspantry.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/sunshine-day-indeed/. Have a super day!
Thank you so much! I love your great ideas for feeding our families, so I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying reading along here as well! And hey, what do you know, we have the same favorite drink! (Although coffee is a close second for me.) :)
Im sure you’ve heard of this before but…..
We love your blog, so we’ve nominated it for a Kreativ Blog Award.
See the link below:
Happy Blogging, Lee and JaneX
That’s so nice of you guys! I love reading your blog as well and look forward to your next adventures. I just hopped over there and noticed that your most recent posts haven’t shown up in my reader–I unsubscribed & resubscribed and hopefully that will fix it! And I like your art gallery. :)
I’ve just stumbled across your lovely blog…and was excited to see you’re in Seattle too! I’m amazed and impressed at how prolific you are. I’ll be coming back! Best regards, Lisa
I’m so glad you did! Partly because it’s always fun to meet my neighbors but mostly because I love your website–both the recipes themselves and your smart technique of making one meal work for various demands. I’ll be reading through the archives to get more ideas for how to do that more around here, thanks!
Thanks. We try really to just make one meal with parts that work for everyone but it’s definitely tough sometimes and there are nights when we have an ‘everybody has whatever they want’ dinner!
BTW, I was thinking about attending the BlogHer Food conference June 8-9 here…are you going? Have you ever? Is it worth it?
Yes, I just signed up! I have never gone but thought it would be fun to learn a few things and meet some new friends. Let me know if you decide to go!
I love the health focus of your blog, and best of all, you make it work with kids and all that busy schedule! I came over from your blog from the mindfulfoodie, and am glad I did. will be checking back for sure. love the “yes fish with fins” haha. we need to learn to appreciate to eat the whole animal, not just fillets, or worse still breadcrumbed fingers!
Thank you! I just had a look at your recipes page and I see so many I want to try! It’s so fun to “meet” people around the world who have soup recipes to share with me. :)
Hi Emmy ~ Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I decided to put up my stuffed artichoke recipe today. I know you said it sounded like something you’d like so I thought I’d let you know just in case. Have a great weekend.
Thanks, Lori! Those looked so good.
Thanks for visiting, Emmy! Nice site you’ve got here…I’d love to share some recipes with you. :-)
I’m sure you’ve had this award before, but we can’t help it,
we love your blog and your dedication to all things delicious!
The Beach House Kitchen has nominated you for a
‘Versatile Blogger Award’ (http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/).
The Versatile Blogger Award is a great way of meeting other like-minded bloggers and getting folk to have a look at your pages (I believe it is known as ‘traffic’).
The rules for the Versatile Blogger are as follows:
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
-Thank the person who gave you this award
-Include a link to their blog
-Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
-Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
-Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
Congratulations and happy blogging,
Lee and JaneX
Sounds like my kind of cooking blog. Today I scarcely had time to eat a bowl of oatmeal squares with sliced strawberries which lasted until the evening before I realized we should probably have another meal other than cereal. Working from home with small children (I just have one) is not glamourous. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Thanks for checking out my blog. Your blog is great and I just started following it. :)
We do seem to have a great deal in common, including our blog theme! I hope to visit Seattle some day! And I have chicken envy. There’s no keeping chickens in the city of Montreal!
Hi Emmy ! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I like your blog and those healthy and delicious recipes. I’m a busy Mum at home, too. I like easy, quick and healthy recipes and organic foods. ;)
You have a terrific blog! I have nominated you for the Pink Tree, or One Lovely Blog award. Congrats, and stay cool!! :)
Thank you so much! What a nice compliment. :)
Great blog and lots to try out. I will forward this to my friends and staff. But do you cook what you post everyday? Keep at it.
That is a nice compliment coming from an accomplished cook like yourself! I’m looking forward to enjoying some of your cooking quite soon, in fact. :) I don’t cook every day, although I’m very impressed by people who do. And lots of things I cook don’t end up on this blog–just the good stuff! But between breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and treats, I definitely find that I cook plenty in a week to keep these pages full.
Looks like we aren’t the only ones who have nominated you for the Pink Tree Award–We just couldn’t help it!! ;) Find out more here: http://wp.me/p2gmDL-7h
What a nice compliment, thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying Emmy Cooks. :)
I nominated you for the Two Chances Award!
Hope you like it :-)
Stefan, thank you so much for the kind words about Emmy Cooks. I enjoy cooking with you so much!
As much as I appreciate the honor you have bestowed upon me, and Conor’s excellent math, I cannot pass this award along because selecting only two blogs (or even 7 or 15 blogs, honestly) that I love best is impossible. What I love is all these people cooking and sharing their recipes and tips and experiences and photos with me as if we were all in one big kitchen together. What a dream come true, to be able to learn from so many experienced and enthusiastic cooks! Thank you for all that you are contributing to my education. :)
Hey Emmy! I really love your blog, I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. Don’t feel like you have to repost if it’s not your thing or you’ve done this before.
Cendriani, a belated thank you so much for this compliment! I love your blog as well and always love your photos so much. This post had me drooling! http://cendriani.com/2012/07/10/tarte-home-sweet-home-aux-fruits-dete-au-miel-et-au-romarin-sans-gluten/ Hope you are well and enjoying your summer!
Hi there! I just nominated you for a blogging award :) http://inspiringhealthyliving.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/recent-nominations/
A very delayed thank you for the compliment! I’m glad that you’re enjoying cooking along. :)
I really like your About page…and the reason behind starting your blog. Everything looks delicious!!
I understand the time thing and the lack of cooking:) I’m looking forward to more from you. Thanks for the like:)
Congrats on your Freshly Pressed!
Hi there! I have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes, images and delightful writing. Details can be found here: http://blog.laurawooten.com/2012/07/26/thank-you/
No worries if you choose not to accept. Just happy to acknowledge you on my blog!
Hi Laura! A belated thank you for this nice compliment. I love your artwork and the fact that I’ve gotten to know it via the blogosphere–I always love the dose of whimsy when your posts show up in my reader! I’m posting the link here so others can check it out as well: http://blog.laurawooten.com/ Thank you again!
Thanks so much!
Hi Emmy! Just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. :) Here’s the link: http://karistaskitchen.com/2012/08/10/strawberries-romanoff-and-two-very-belated-thank-yous/
Hi Karista! Thank you so much for the compliment–it means a lot, especially coming from you! The admiration is definitely mutual. :)
I just got a few product recommendations from you. I think you got hacked.
Oh, they’re from me. Does that mean you don’t like them?
Also, it doesn’t really seem fair to keep them secret. For future readers of this page, my recommendations are this post: http://unlikelyexplanations.com/2012/08/26/how-to-eat-fruit/ followed by the review of this banana slicer: http://www.amazon.com/Victorio-Kitchen-Products-Banana-Slicer/product-reviews/B001F5STWU/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and The Versatile Blogger Award. I so enjoy following your blog, and it’s my pleasure to introduce more people to it. To see my comments about your blog and the criteria for accepting the nominations, please visit http://lifethroughthekitchenwindow.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/awards-❦-very-inspiring-blogger-and-the-versatile-blogger/
Life Though the Kitchen Window recommended that I stop by for a visit – glad I did!!! Looking forward to reading about your adventures…
Just a quick note to let you know I’ve been sharing your blog with my readers. I love your recipes and your writing! Here’s the link:
Thank you so much! I was touched when i saw that post in my email I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying reading!
I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Award. You can find out more details and see my comment about your blog here: http://lifethroughthekitchenwindow.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/super-sweet-blog-award/ . I enjoy your blog and was happy to tell others about it!
Hi Emmy! Your blog has so much of variety! Loved the recipes!
Hi Sue! Thanks for your note and the offer. I don’t do fitness product reviews on my blog so I don’t think this is a good fit–but I should probably try something like this in real life so I’ll keep an eye out for it! :) Take care.
I love your pix on the header of the 2 pasta dishes. what are they, and I just followed you as I love to cook healthy & beautiful meals too! Look forward to reading more of your recipes..
Welcome! Thanks, I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying the site. The top pasta is handmade spinach noodles: https://emmycooks.com/2012/02/08/eat-your-greens-easy-handmade-spinach-pasta/ And the other pasta is one of our favorite-ever foods: https://emmycooks.com/2012/02/14/pasta-with-garlic-anchovies-chili-and-breadcrumbs/. Bon Appetit!
Hi Emmy, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, http://liveblissful.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
What a nice compliment! Thank you.
I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award at this link: http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-sunshine-awards/
congratulations! you deserve it! :)
That’s so nice of you, thank you! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying Emmy Cooks. :)
no worries at all! and most definitely – it’s a lovely blog!! :)
Congratulations! Emmy Cooks gets the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ award.
For all I know you’ve already received dozens and dozens of Blog of the Year awards. You are one popular and extraordinary blogger!
Just follow this link for details: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/
Holly, you flatter me so! You’re so sweet. I’m glad to have this website mostly because it’s connected me with extraordinary bloggers like YOU!
Hi Emmy, I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award!
Thank you so much! What a nice compliment. :)
I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!
Keep up the good work!
Jenn, thank you so much! I appreciate the compliment and I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the blog. :)
Hi Emmy, I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! No need to respond of course; the award is just a way of saying I’m a big fan of your blog :)
Just wanted to tell you that I have enjoyed reading your blog and have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. For rules and info, visit: http://foodflavorfascination.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/
It’s not mandatory, so you can participate if you would like. Hope you have a Happy New Year :)
Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.” If you are interested in participating you can access the rules and the badge icon here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2013/01/17/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ I hope you will participate! Enjoy, Teresa
I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.
Emmy, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Check out details here. http://soulofspice.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/appreciation-5-awards/, thanks, Charu
Hi..I like your beautiful blog and I have nominated your for “The Versatile Blogger Award”. Please visit http://jenyjohn.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/the-versatile-blogger-award/
Thank you so much for the compliment! :)
You are always welcome…:)
I can tell I am going to love your blog. :) I’m a fellow Seattleite and it will be fun to see what you are doing with our seasonal provisions. I saw some great recipes in here and I agree with every single restaurant choice you mentioned.
So glad to (virtually) meet you! :)
And you too Emmy! I’m Seana….btw. My most dearest Aunt’s name is Emmy…. :)
….you know, I would be very happy eating scrambled eggs every day if they were made the way you described above! Yum! I’ve been quietly reading your work for a while, but after today’s blog post I felt that I had to let you know what a wonderful writer you are. Such beautifully crafted images accompanied by wonderful, nourishing and delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us Emmy. Hugs from Australia xx