Hello. My Name is Shelley, and I love to eat…
My familly heritage is mostly Cajun, so growing up food was always a key element in everything my family did. Holidays, family gatherings, even any given Sunday were all centered around cooking and eating. My grandmother, aunts and mom would spend hours in the kitchen preparing feasts for the whole extended family. Everything we did, everything we celebrated, everything that ever happened was nothing more than a reason to eat.
That is where my love-affair with eating began.
The joy I have found in cooking began a different way.
Unfortunately, I was not very curious about the mysteries of the kitchen when I was growing up. I didn’t hang around to learn how my mother and grandmothers made fabulous food out of various ingredients. It didn’t matter to me as long as they were there to do the cooking. I was more than happy to eat it. It has been a fairly recent thing, this interest in learning to cook. Or maybe I should say in learning to cook well.
Once I started paying attention (well after I had been married), I started to learn some of the basics. Watching my sister, who has always been a fantastic, intuitive cook, and cooking alongside my husband (who also knows his way around the kitchen) has taught me an immeasurable amount.
Then one day, something magical happened; though I didn’t know it at the time. I was making shrimp fajitas and realized I was out of seasoning. Not even fajita seasoning, but that generic “taco seasoning mix” that I would always keep on hand in the pantry. ☹
Since I had my heart set on fajitas, I just figured I could mix up my own from the countless ingredients my husband always has on hand for his bbq’ing exploits. ☺
Well, MAGIC. The blend I created that day was surprisingly good! We started using it often and on several things. But it wasn’t until our dinner guests tried it (about 6 months later) and continued to rave about it that I realized maybe I was on to something.
The excitement of actually creating something that other people truly appreciated got my creative juices flowing. I started having the seasoning mixed and packaged professionally, created a website and expanded the merchandise. And having FUN all along the way. Ultimately, I started blogging so I could keep my recipes organized and available for anyone who was interested and to document my trials and tribulations in the kitchen.
What I’m finding is that blogging is so therapeutic and fulfilling and the blogging world so full and generous that I’m completely hooked! I’m discovering a whole world of beautiful food and wonderful people.
So here we are. I’m learning to cook and hoping you will join me. Maybe we’ll even have a little fun along the way!