What’s for dinner?

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What’s for dinner? This is the dreaded question which inspired me to start this blog.  I am not professionally trained in the culinary arts.  However, I have spent a lot of time “in the trenches” figuring out how to get a delicious meal on the table without relying on too much pre-packaged foods or delivery.  I have to admit I love fast food for it’s convenience and price tag , but just hate it’s lack of nutritional value.  We are all busy, and it’s very easy to pick up your kids from school or practice and head for the drive-thru.  Fast food happens, but when it does it’s a “treat.”   Fast food will not be the foundation of my family’s diet.  Gathering together at the table is meaningful, and when I put effort into a dish you can taste it.  I would like to share what I make for my family.  Sometimes, it will be a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Other days, depending on my time and mood, it may be more elaborate.  I will post the recipe and a picture of our plate for you to recreate for your family.  In return, please share what you have for dinner along with the recipe.  For example, if I post a meatloaf recipe and it reminds you of your amazing meatloaf, please share it.  I hope we can broaden each other’s recipe boxes, and gain some amazing meals.

It would be presumptuous of me to think you have time for a lengthy meal preparation.  What I can do is give you my ideal recipe along with short-cuts that still preserve the spirit of the dish.  We can “gourmet-it-up” with homemade cooking stocks and brines.  Or, make our lives easier with store bought cooking stocks and pre-prepared food.  However much time you have in your schedule, we can get a better meal on the table.  In my household everyday is different and when I have time I create better meals.

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The Author

First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.

9 Comments

  1. So PROUD of you Karen, your Post is awesome!
    All you fans out there that know Karen loves to cook and entertain will love this recipe for Green Chile Chicken Posole…
    Just had some yesterday and it was so delicious….as usual Karen you knock it out of the park!
    Love Mom

  2. Caroline Galvez says

    Hi Karen,

    I am so proud of you for starting a blog about “What’s For Dinner”. It will benefit me, someone who does not cook, and always hungry and looking for food. I remember that tomato soup you gave me early in my sickness. I did not have much of an appetite, and soup was the perfect solution; it was so wonderful, it was just what I needed. I thought, maybe Karen can tell me how to make it. I am really tired of buying prepared food from Trader Joe’s, and similar places. There are so many preservatives and additives; just take a look at the ingredients. You also gave me a dish, a the chicken with citrus (oranges) ingredients with pasta, it was unbelievable! I wanted to make it, because it’s a simple recipe that I think I can handle. But I do not remember if you wrote down the recipe for me, or where I should look for that piece of paper where you wrote down the recipe. This blog would be the perfect place for me, and your followers, to see your tips and recipes! Much easier to look up. Good luck on your endeavors, you are a great cook, and a great friend.

    Love,
    Caroline Galvez

  3. Hi Karen! Karen’s Kitchen is the perfect name! What’s for Dinner? I absolutely love it and proud of you for putting what you love into this blog to help others. I simply enjoy watching you cook and see the love you have for food and for the people you cook for…its obvious how much heart you put into your cooking ♡ You are a beautiful person to be around as well! Looking foward to spend time with you and your friends and the rest of the family on this blog and learning new recipes to share with my family and friends. Blessings ♡

  4. Hi Karen! 🙂

    Karen’s Kitchen….I love it! I remember sitting at your bar watching you cook and enjoying seeing your love and passion for food and cooking. You are such a lovely person to be around and when you cook and put all that love on a plate and in my belly, our bellies we fall in love with you even more! Looking forward to spend time with you and your friends and family here in your blog! Proud of you and thank you for sharing your passion with all of us. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes and others recipes, and or ideas. Especially your seafood soup (is that what its called)…I still need to make it for my pops. Maybe this year! Blessings ♡ Love ya, Anna

  5. Anna,
    It’s people like you that inspired me to do this! Without the love and support of my family and friends I would have never been able to muster up the courage to do this. Getting comments like this just encourages me to push harder! Thank you Anna you know how special you have been to me my whole life!

  6. Laurie (Thomas) Gorham says

    Hi Karen, love your recipes and will try them all!

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