Ever since I was little I’ve had a love of cooking. I’m not sure where I got it from but it’s here and always has been. As a child I used to join my grandmother in the kitchen watching her move around it with ease, completely comfortable in her private domain. To this day I can still recall the smell of her famous spaghetti and meatballs wafting through the kitchen doors as we entered. It was a smell like no other, savory meatballs slowly simmering in a tomato sauce that tasted like it had been cooking for hours. One day she taught me her spaghetti and meatball secret recipe. It’s one that’s simple with complex flavors. Pure Nana.
As I gained some confidence in the kitchen, I would gather some friends and my sister to host “restaurant” nights. We were the chefs and my parents, the guests. The recipes weren’t complicated (crispy cornflake crusted chicken, smooth and creamy mashed potatoes with fresh herbs chopped from my parent’s garden) but they sure did taste good! We’d set up chalkboards with the night’s menu and get to work creating, in our eye’s, a culinary masterpiece. The kitchen often looked like an explosion had gone off, and I must admit, that is sometimes the case to this very day. What can I say? Cooking is fun and if I make a little mess, that’s part of the fun.
Now that I’m older and my tastes have matured, cooking has become a refuge, an escape from a busy day at work and most importantly for me, a way to share my love for good food with my friends and family. I am completely at ease in the kitchen, much like my Nana. My cooking is uncomplicated and simple, relying on healthy and flavorful ingredients. I have to admit, if a recipe has a million steps and ingredients, chances are I may pass it over. I prefer recipes that are delicious and flavorful with as few steps as possible. So often that means quality ingredients, simple cooking methods and unexpected flavor combinations.
I hope to share with you some of my favorite recipes and inspire you to get in the kitchen and have some fun. So get “kooking” and welcome to kristinkooks!