So, I'm taking the plunge and starting a food blog. Why? Well, as a beginning food writer, I thought it would be a fun way to focus on the type of food writing I enjoy most. What I call 'Everyday Gourmet'. What does that mean? Well, to me it means cooking with the best possible ingredients, but in a somewhat simple way, so that the food shines, rather than killing yourself with technique. Don't get me wrong, I love Thomas Keller's food, and even bought his most recent cookbook, but to me that is special occasion cooking. If I'm going to attempt a recipe than spans over 3 or 4 days, it's not going to be a spur of the moment thing.

No, my goal is to highlight easy ways to elevate everyday cooking to give it a gourmet touch. Simple things like adding fresh rosemary to a dish, or discovering a great new braise that takes 20 minutes prep time, and then the oven does its magic over the next few hours.

I also hope to feature Chef interviews as well as recipes, tips and tricks, and a look behind the scenes, how professional cooks and chefs approach food. What do they make at home, for themselves?

I'll post recipes I've tried that work, and ones that I may need help with, for instance I thought it might be fun to pick a certain dish and try a bunch of different recipes to find 'the best one', and welcome any tried and true suggestions people may have.

I'm also a wine lover, though my knowledge is basic. I'm easy to please, if it's red or white and less than $20, I'm generally happy. But, I will share any new wines that stand out for quality and price.

I'd like this to be interactive too, an exchange of ideas and recipes, food experiences, and tips or tricks that work for you.

Please let me know of any suggestions for things you might like to see here, or ways to improve this blog. I appreciate any and all input.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Eating!
:) Pam