|Bringing back pizza making from "freshman" year.|
|Tailgating before the game against Ohio State, 2010.|
From left to right: Brittany, April, Emily, and Kelsey.
I love everything about food. I love to talk about food. I love eating and cooking food. My life revolves around food. While I eat lunch, I think about what I should eat for dinner. There is not a thing about food I don't love, just ask anyone. I like gourmet cooking and sometimes things can get pretty intense. When I was growing up my mom would cook all sorts of gourmet dishes, I would ask her if she could make something normal for once. It grew on me and I am a real foodie now. Although, making gourmet food does not always have to mean complicated. You can make almost anything gourmet by adding something a little special or unexpected. My favorite cuisine has to be Italian and Mexican food. My favorite foods are probably cheese and doughnuts; after all, I am the Badger Cheese Club President. The most important thing to me about food though is sharing it with other people.
I have always loved food, but who hasn't?! Since I was little, I loved to eat food, go grocery shopping, and be the baker's helper in the kitchen. However, I really became interested in cooking once I started watching Food Network shows in high school. They're my favorite now! And once I moved into an apartment, it gave me my first chance to experiment with food. I love to test and expand my cooking skills with unique recipes but I also love making my family favorites. So, I guess you could say my cooking style is family comfort food with an asterisks next to it. With Badger Kitchen, I'm excited to share family recipes and new recipes I find in cookbooks, websites, and other food blogs. I'm also excited to improve my food photography (so bear with me as my pictures may not be foodgawker worthy for awhile).
Cooking did not become an interest of mine until sophomore year of college when I finally lived in an apartment of my own and was responsible for feeding myself. I do not have the most experience cooking besides simple baked goods, and I did not grow up eating a wide variety of foods, so every new recipe, spice, or other ingredient I use is a learning experience for me. I would consider myself to be more of a homestyle cook and a baker, but as I continue to learn, I know I will broaden my cooking horizons! As I've become a working professional, I'm trying to incorporate more meals that are easy to prepare quickly after work, which means a lot more slow cooking and freezer meals, or basically anything that can be prepared ahead of time. While I love a good indulgence every now and again, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to eat healthier and cut out as much processed food as possible. It's definetly a work in progress, but it will likely be reflected in the recipes I'm making. You can also find me over at Rae Everyday, my lifestyle blog where I occasionally post about crafts, books or pretty much anything else that tickles my fancy.