meHi, my name is Gretchen and I am the “flower city foodie.” I am a stay-at-home mom who has always had a passion for food.  In my pre-kids days I was a middle school science teacher. I live in a suburb of Rochester, NY (which is known as The Flower City). I enjoy experimenting with food and trying new things that I see in cookbooks, on TV, or on other blogs. My idea of culinary perfection is a recipe that is exciting to make, interesting to eat, and will be enjoyed by my whole family.

This Blog

I started this blog as a way to share my recipes and food-related experiences with friends, family, and other foodies. I write about the food I cook for my family and the inspiration behind the recipes I create and use.

My Cooking Style: International, Seasonal, & (mostly) Kid-Friendly

I love the flavors and techniques from a wide variety of cultures–Indian, Mexican and French are a few of my favorites. I try to use ingredients and techniques that are available to most Americans. My recipes might not be the most “traditional” for a particular cuisine, but I promise that they were created with respectful intentions.

I am passionate about using ingredients when they are at their best. I cook seasonally so that my recipes take advantage of fruits and vegetables at their peak of flavor. Freezing and canning produce helps me make it through the long Rochester winters.

As a mom of three young boys, I need to have a repertoire of quick & easy “kid-friendly” recipes to make during the week. I am constantly looking for recipes that fit this category, and when I find a keeper I make sure to share it here on this blog. For more information on my philosophy about cooking for kids, see my Kid-Friendly Meals page, or if you’d like to get your kids involved in the cooking process check out the tips on my Cooking with Kids page.

The Recipes (& How They Are Organized)

Some of the recipes you will find on this blog are my original creations, others are adaptations from other sources. (I provide links to the original recipes when possible.) Most of the recipes that you will find here are savory in nature, because that is what inspires me most. Some of my favorite ingredients are: seafood, root vegetables, goat cheese, bacon, sweet corn, and summer-ripe tomatoes. I will post about something sweet if the mood strikes me, but if you’re looking for endless posts about cupcakes–you are at the wrong blog.

I have tried to organize all of the recipes to make things easier to find. If you are looking for a recipe based on a particular meal component (main dish, side dish, salad, etc.) use the “Recipe Categories” drop menu on my home page. If you are looking for a recipe based on a particular ingredient (ex. artichoke, blueberry, seafood, etc.) check out my Recipe Index. If you are looking for a recipe based on how much time you have to cook (ex. 30 minutes) check out my Quick/Easy vs. Labors of Love page. If you are looking for recipes that kids might like to eat, head over to my Kid-Friendly Meals page. Or, if you want a recipe that might be a fun project to make with kids, try the Cooking With Kids page. Finally, if all else fails, just type whatever you’re looking for into the “Search this site” section on my home page and hopefully I’ll have something for you!

The Photos

The photography on this site is a collaboration between my husband and myself. We are always learning new things when it comes to taking pictures of food (and my husband takes much better photos than me). I try to take a decent picture of the dish I created so that you will have an idea of what the recipe is all about, but photography is not really my forte.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or just want to say hello, please leave a comment on my latest post.