KitchenHacks is a blog run by me, Katey, with the technical expertise of my husband, Gavin. I love to cook; in fact, one of my earlier memories is making fun-shaped pancakes with my parents (and accidentally burning myself in the process). After Gavin and I started dating, which meant that I cooked dinner for him many times, I learned that he was impressed with what I considered normal: being able to create a meal from what you have on hand, without really consulting a recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love recipes. I own a ton of cookbooks and get several cooking magazines. But rarely do I actually follow a recipe to the letter.
I’ve always been shocked by people who don’t cook. When I was a girl, one of my mom’s coworkers couldn’t cook–couldn’t even make spaghetti! I was eight and I was appalled. When I was around that age, my dad asked me what I wanted to make for dinner. I looked through my family’s cookbooks and chose Chicken Kiev. He let me make it and helped me when I needed it. It was not perfect and my mom was definitely surprised when she got home from work, but I was proud and it was delicious.
I think it’s time to bring it back, to embrace cooking and food in general, in all aspects. This blog is about buying, growing, cooking, preserving, and eating food. It’s about enjoying these activities and understanding that food doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t need to own fancy things, use tons of ingredients in one dish, or follow directions to a T. You can do what you like with what you have. You can be inspired by everything you see and taste. You can open your mind and prepare yourself for new and exciting flavors. You can cook.