I’m Karen and I cook.  I’m a photographer.  I enjoy combining those two to create this blog.

You’ll notice that I’m often cooking huge amounts of food.  There are two reasons for that.

First, I am often still cooking for a crowd.  At least once a week we have a group of friends over for music and dinner.  The band is a lot of fun and I will feed them anytime as long as I get to listen to them play while I cook.

The other is simply out of habit.  With five kids, I got used to cooking in bulk.  As they’ve grown and some have flown the coop, I don’t always have to cook for seven anymore but old habits die hard.  At least we enjoy the leftovers.

I really do enjoy cooking but mostly I enjoy eating.  There are plenty of nights that I’m simply not in the mood and having to put something on the table feels more like an obligation than anything else.  That’s when we do takeout and those leftovers come in handy!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jean sharp January 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Can’t wait to read your recipes and see your photos.


2 Toni October 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Just found your site and love it! The photos just encourage me to get up and cook! I used to watch my mother cook when I was a child so I learned from watching and doing. I’m not very good at following a recipe and I’ve been known to improvise. My husband is more precise, so after 25 years I happily turn over the kitchen to him. The photos are SO helpful and very well done!
Oh, and I agree about pasta, you can saute just about any veggie in olive oil and garlic, add a meat or not, and toss with pasta! MMMmmm!


3 karenbove October 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Toni! Improv is what it’s all about for me. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter and I probably don’t ever do a dish the same way twice.


4 Kristen December 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Hi! I love your blog! Just found it while searching for a recipe for coca cola ham. Do you ever make sugar cookies that can be rolled and cut out into shapes? I tried the recipe out of my Better Homes and Garden cookbook last night but the cookies turned out in pretty sad condition. They browned too quickly and spread out while baking. Do you have any tips that could help me?
ps- your Mississippi Mud cake recipe really took me back to my childhood! My mom and grandmother both used to make it and I loved it! Haven’t thought about it in years!


5 karenbove December 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Thanks Kristen! I wish I had a good recipe for those cookies! I’ve never had stellar success with them. Have you tried looking for a Mrs Fields version? I have other cookie recipes from her cookbook that I love.


6 Genice Herrera April 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I found your website today. I am a visual person by nature. I LOVE the step by step photos. I really enjoy the variety of recipes. Interesting recipes using lavender. I wouldn’t have thought to use lavender. Thank you for sharing. I will continue to enjoy.


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