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The Cuisine Gene

By Amber 2
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I was talking to my best friend’s aunt (I pronounce it “ant”, the hubs says “awnt”) on Saturday night about my blog, and I ended up making a comment which turned into sort of an epiphany for me. I said that blogs have blown up in recent years, and they are basically the writer’s online diaries for the world to read.

I then said, “Who doesn’t like to read other people’s diaries?!?” and then all of a sudden the world froze around me, and I started thinking about all of the diary entries I have made in my lifetime and how much I love going back and reading some of the ridiculous things I have said and felt, and how I have thought to myself that I should really be doing something like that now since it is my first year of marriage, and then I thought, “Wait! I can do it on my blog!” and then I went back to my conversation with my friend’s aunt.

So, I have decided to embark on a Tuesday blog series entitled, “The Skinny On Me” where I will tell a little bit more about myself: my life, my marriage, my favorite foods, my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, my cooking tips, and my kitchen essentials, all of which are fair game.

I can’t tell you how many times I have re-written my version of my “About Me” page b/c I felt as if I was leaving something out, forgetting something, writing too much, or writing too little. I now feel that one little page about me isn’t enough, so I’m going to make it an entire series. I really want my readers to know who I am as a person, and I think it is important to put myself out there. So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do!

Today’s post was originally set up as a page on my menu bar, but I think it is a better fit here. If you’ve already read it, I apologize for putting it out there again, but this really puts my love of cooking into perspective. I want y’all to understand that cooking really is a passion of mine, and without it I would be lost. So…here it goes…


To some, the word could mean the equivalant of pure torture, a horribly tedious task which requires too much time and sheds too many tears.

I am not one of those people.

When I walk into my home after a long day of work and open my refrigerator or pantry doors, I am not overwhelmed by the sight of the separated cooking components laying about on the shelves.  I am instead overcome by an instinctual obessession to blend everything together into a four-course feast.

I adore the simple sizzle of fresh vegetables hitting a scorching saute pan. I crave the crackle of breaded fish as it jumps into a vat of hot oil.  I savor the sweet smell of fresh herbs and long to take a culinary crusade through the European countryside.

Cooking is my comfort, a way for me to channel my stress and negative thoughts into a constructive creation I can then share with my family and friends. In my mind, there really aren’t many things in this world that can top the fusion of high quality ingredients with good, old-fashioned, fun family fellowship.

I learned the same way as any other good ‘ole southern girl: through my mom, aunts, and grandmothers. They taught me all the standard recipes full of butter, shortening, and cream. I love every last one of them, but let’s face it…I can’t eat like that all the time! Luckily, I inherited the cuisine gene. It all comes naturally to me. I very rarely measure anything (which I’ve obviously had to change for y’all).

I’ll omit ingredients I don’t like, add in things that I do, and then I’ll sprinkle in a little bit of this and add a smidgen of that knowing that everything is just going to taste fabulous. Trust me, it’s not always that great. I can’t cook a pot of rice without a rice cooker, I baked a cake one time without putting flour in it (*face palm*), and if you mention salty eggs in front of the hubs his face will instantaneously turn the most peculiar shade of green.

As a newlywed (almost 6 months!!!), I have been having a super fun time posting most of my meals on Facebook, showing everyone what a great wife I am (tee hee :) ). I have had several requests from my family and friends to start a food blog, so I figured, why not?!? I have a degree in creative writing, I studied photography as well, and I love cooking for other people. Why wouldn’t I want to combine my most favorite things into a blog that people may actually read? So, through this blog, I promise to hold true to my passions and my recipes. I promise to keep my recipes fresh, healthy, and simple. Lastly, whether it’s turkey burgers or filet, brussel sprouts or salsa, I promise to add a sprinkle of sass and a smidgen of soul to every meal I make.

Hope you enjoyed The Skinny On Me Series, Week 1! If you have any questions or special requests, contact me through the mode most convenient to you on my social connect tab on the right hand side of the screen!

Love y'all!

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