I grew up in a family in love with food. Our kitchen was, without a doubt, the center of the house.
My parents are both excellent cooks and they joyfully passed their passion for good food on to my sister, brother and I. I have many fond memories of making meals together with my parents in what used to be a tiny little galley kitchen- just wide enough for two people to work back to back. The kitchen was the center of our house - the place where conversations about the day happened and quite literally the center in that one had to pass through the kitchen to get from one side of the house to another. Making a meal was a way to decompress from the work day for my Mom and Dad. They taught me that sitting down for a meal with the entire family is the way to stay connected with each other.
I've been a mom for 15 years now and that lesson is still one that I come back to again and again. To be honest, I don't manage to make a full sit down meal for the four of us most nights. My goal is to have the entire family sit down together at least two times on the weekend. During the week the boys and I will have more casual meals together while Jon is out at evening meetings. Both boys are learning how to cook for themselves and my older son has become the family grill master! It's a real joy to cook with my boys and a wonderful way to connect with teenagers.
Moving on to the food!
My favorite meal is breakfast. (You might have noticed that my Instagram posts of food almost always are about breakfast.) I love starting a Sunday morning with a big spread and a nice cup of espresso. Perfect! The photo above of blueberry french toast is one of my go-to recipes for a Sunday morning.
With this blog I plan to share with you all some of my favorite meals- probably more breakfast meals but we'll see... and ideas for how to set the table.
I also hope to convince my sister (Bridget are you reading this?) to join in every so often and share a few of her recipes. Bridget is the food star of our family. She is a trained pastry chef, an amazing cook with talent to spare! Bridget now runs her own business, Wealth Choice, doing financial planning for women. She's very busy but loves to cook so I just might be able to convince her to share one or two favorite meals.