Hi, I'm Josie! I am a 30 year old mom, and I live in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband Joey and our two kids, Caroline and Smith. Our family will be expanding in early 2013 with the birth of twin boys! I obviously love cooking, but I also enjoy reading, running, learning about beer and wine, and Georgia Tech sports.
I have a degree in Chemistry, so the science behind cooking has always been a huge interest to me. As a result, I am enamored with Alton Brown and Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchens. I love knowing the chemistry and logic behind recipes. My favorite style of cooking is southern, without a doubt. I love giving recipes a southern spin, or putting a unique spin on classic dishes. However, we also really enjoy Mexican, Italian, and many other ethnic cuisines as well.
One of my goals is to cook as seasonally as possible, so don't expect to find tomato recipes in January, or pumpkin recipes in July. I love to cook simple foods with quality ingredients, and I draw inspiration from many sources: family recipes, cooking magazines, favorite restaurants, other food blogs, and some of my favorite chefs.
I started this blog in June of 2009 as a way to share my love and passion of cooking. I feel that even in the short time I have been blogging, I have already expanded my culinary repertoire, and I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a home cook. My cooking has evolved a bit from complicated, intricate recipes into quick recipes that are family-friendly. I especially love cooking with Caroline, so it's always a good thing when I'm making a dinner that she can help with. As our family is expanding, I'm relying even more heavily on seasonal produce, meatless meals, and repurposed leftovers to stretch the grocery budget and allow for more time to cuddle with my sweet babies. The amount of time and energy you put into a meal isn't what makes it special. It's the amount of love and enjoyment that you can glean from it that makes a meal truly special.