About Me

UPDATED 11/9/10:  A woman’s gotta eat, right? That’s pretty much how this whole thing started.

As a child, I was not allowed near my parents’ kitchen. Well, I was allowed near it (even in it!) but with the exception of the microwave and toaster, I was not allowed to use any appliances. This might have been a result of my inability to cook. No matter how hard I tried, everything I cooked turned into a black, crispy mess. So when I left home for college, sheer panic set in when I finally had my own kitchen. I didn’t even know how to boil water! How was I supposed to eat? But armed with patient roommates (and eventually, a patient and hungry husband) and an extraordinary ability to follow directions, as well as that basic need to eat, I eventually learned how to cook.  

This blog was born with the desire to pass what I’ve learned on to others. I am a self-taught cook. I would never even dare to call myself anything close to a professional cook. But I know enough to: a) not set anymore kitchen fires; b) feed a family on a budget; and c) teach even the most rudimentary skills. I hope you enjoy what I share!

Some other things about me (you know, the good stuff):

  • I am a pescatarian who drinks milk and will, occasionally, eat eggs
  • I love Vera Bradley bags
  • I think stand-up comedy rules
  • I am the most disorganized organized person you will meet
  • I love almost all movies, music and books and I am very, very ecclectic. If someone ever tried to analyze my personality based on my favorite movies, music and books, his (or her) head would explode.
  • I think that peanut butter and chocolate is the single best food combination ever
  • I am a native New Yorker. And although I have not lived in NY for 15 years, I am still a New Yorker.
  • My family is more important to me than anything else in the world
  • I am a news junkie
  • Desserts are my specialty
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9 Responses to “About Me”

  1. AJ January 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    You can make chicken marsala. We’ll do it together. It’s not hard at all. Good for you for doing this. I keep telling people if you can read you can cook. It just takes a little patience and some practice.

    • janalynch January 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

      Alicia, I actually know how to make it. It’s just horrible! My husband has made me promise never, ever to make it again. Seriously, it was the most disgusting thing I have ever made. And that includes pancakes that were as dense as a brick.

  2. AJ January 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    I figured you’d know how to make. I want to make it with you to help you improve it.

    • janalynch January 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      I’ll have to check with the hubby. He upholds my no scrapple rule, I figure I can give him this.

  3. AJ January 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    LOL!!!! Well, you are more than welcome to come to my place and we can fix it together. My husband doesn’t like the mushrooms. There will just be more for us.

  4. Average Girl July 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    I thought when I got married, the mystery of cooking and “just throwing things together” would magically come to me. I was very, very wrong.

  5. bookinglass March 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I have also got an eclectic taste in books and movies! I love Stardust the movie though, even if it was a book to start with, I read the first chapter and put it down. Oops.

  6. Jenniemarie Cisneros March 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    I knew there was a reason why I LOVE you so much! Aside from the fact that I am an Arizonan and I have a love affair with meat, we are so much alike. I too am one of the most disorganized organized persons in the world and have very eclectic taste. I think I have actually caused a few heads to explode in my lifetime. Although in my younger years, in an attempt to be more sophisticated, I preferred the term “cultured” or “worldly” but who was I kidding-eclectic I am! I wholeheartedly agree with the rest and I LOVE reading you blog.

    • theemptykitchen March 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      jenniemarie, you know i love you more than my luggage! seriously, you’re the best!

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