a periodic table is, in every sense of the word, me. I’m Shannon, and I had a very respectable job in graphic design and marketing, and left it the minute, if not the second, I saw my baby’s face. No one was expecting me to do that, least of all me. I now have the distinct honor of staying at home with my daughter, and in between epic sheet forts and floor puzzles, I run this blog. I bake, I cook, I make mistakes, and I write about it.
I started teaching myself to cook (like really cook, as in, not baked chicken on tin foil) a few years ago, and after lots of tears and ruined dishes, I discovered something; I enjoyed it. A lot. And I enjoyed it most often when I had a source – either a cookbook, or blogger, or writer – who really broke it down to where I could experience what they were experiencing, and not some inferior version of it. This blog is my “thank you” to those who taught me to cook with their words; I attempt, to varying degrees of success, to break down my issues with recipes and correct them to take the guesswork (and hopefully the frustration) out of it.
I live in the midwest; Saint Louis, Missouri, if you want to get specific about it. The best part of that? It allows me to fully experience actual seasons, and all that entails in terms of produce and seasonal cooking. The recipes in this blog will hopefully evoke the feeling of whatever season we’re currently in. I try to use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, and thankfully we have quite a bit to choose from around here. Between our farmers’ markets and fantastic local grocery stores, I usually don’t have to look far to find what I need.
I should mention that I’m not, nor would I ever claim to be, a professional anything. I am neither a professional photographer nor am I a professional chef. I’ve loved photography as a hobby since high school, and I realized early on that it’s easiest to photograph things which do not move. Food doesn’t move. As for the cooking credentials, the closest I ever came to working in the food service industry was a part-time gig at a restaurant where I was the weekend baker. They were not lucky to have me.
This is a blog truly based around what I feel like eating, what my family and friends want to eat, and what moves me at the current moment. With any luck, it will move you too. I’m not one for finicky recipes, but I am one for challenging myself to try new things. I don’t think cooking should be a source of anxiety, and I try not to get too disappointed when I make a mess of something. I have learned that food disasters are what takeout is for. Cooking did not come easy to me initially; I suspect this is true for many people. My goal is to make cooking less stressful and more fun.