Hello!

Hi, I’m Katherine!  [insert typical obligatory first post introduction]

A little bit about me:  I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and currently a stay-at-home-wife.  My main interests include fitness, history, science, anything outdoors (especially hiking), playing the piano and guitar, singing, and cooking/baking.  I started this blog mostly to share my culinary adventures, but I like to sprinkle in little bits of my daily life as well through each week’s “Photo of the Week” post.

I started cooking and baking when I was a little girl.  My mom started me out with one of those Easy Bake Ovens from the ’90s.  I loved that oven.  I would get so excited to pour the baking mix out of the bag, mix it with water, put it in the tiny pan, and then place it into the oven to bake.  I remember getting impatient waiting for it to finish, and was so proud to present my dad with one bite-sized piece of dessert.  He always had to tell me that it was, “Mmmm…delicious!”  Haha.  As I got older, I continued to learn from my mom and both of my grandmas.  I spent time in all three of their kitchens, watching, helping, and learning, as well as writing down as many recipes and ideas as I could.  I still love to be in the kitchen, and my favorite toys now are my mixer, grain mill, and oven.

Out of curiosity, I had to look up Easy Bake Ovens just now.  They have a lot more options than they did when I was young (pizza, what??), plus a sleek, spaceship-looking design.  I might be a little jealous.

When it comes to how my husband and I eat, for the most part we take a “whole foods” approach.  I try to avoid eating much highly processed food, and focus on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts, beans, seeds, healthy fats, etc.  I don’t cook with refined sugar very often, so you will see mostly whole cane sugar, honey, or maple syrup being used as sweeteners on my blog.  However, I do enjoy making beautiful and tasty indulgent desserts on occasion, and think there can be a good balance which consists of overall healthy choices with treats here and there.  There are a few specific canned goods that I do use in my recipes, like beans, diced tomatoes, and cream of chicken soup, and I don’t stress about it.

All that to say, my blog will consist of both healthier recipes and some that are not so healthy.  I don’t follow any particular diet plan.  I just take an “everything in moderation” approach and eat what makes me feel well physically, (which may be different for you).  I am not a nutritionist and I don’t pretend to be one. 🙂

Well, I think that sums up my intro.  I am off to see what new mess I can make in my kitchen.

Until next time…

~K in the Kitchen

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