The Cooks

We are real life sisters and self-proclaimed foodies. We share a passion for good food made with fresh ingredients.  We also work to have frugal and healthy kitchens. We love to cook, bake, entertain, and create.  Welcome to our corner of the web – we hope you stay awhile!

Alaina (Blog Co-Founder, Administrator & Contributor)
8316_154007177448_533922448_2658352_1325236_nAlaina is a wife and mother of four children. She learned to cook at a very young age but developed a real love and passion for food when working at a living history museum and cooking on a hearth. She comes from a family that enjoys food and celebrating around the table.

Opening a small restaurant, being a food critic, writing cookbooks, and creating a state-of-the-art home kitchen are a few of Alaina’s culinary dreams. In the mean time, she enjoys cultivating discerning palates in her young children, creating recipes, exploring the cuisine of her childrens’ birthplaces, reading cookbooks and food memoirs, and entertaining.

Her other interests include spending time with her husband, playing with her kids, playing fantasy football, watching movies, attempting to become a runner, and making memories with her family. She is also a homeschooling mom and a part-time dental hygienist.

Stephanie (Administrator & Contributor)
Stephanie is a wife and experiments regularly with gluten-free cooking. Her husband has Celiac’s disease which has given her an opportunity to delve into new areas of cooking and baking. She grew up in a large family that enjoyed celebrating with food, and as the second oldest, she got her fair share of experience in the kitchen learning to cook and bake.

Finding healthy, delicious recipes that meet the dietary needs of her family are important to Stephanie. She regularly reads different cookbooks and blogs for ideas and inspiration.

When not in the kitchen, Stephanie loves to read, take hatha yoga classes, try new foods, watch movies, spend time with her husband, and she aspires to write a book or two some day. Her day job is working as a librarian.

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Heather (Blog Co-Founder & Former Contributor)
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Heather is a wife and mother of five children. Her love of food and cooking began at a young age, immersed in an extended family that made food a central part of family gatherings, whether simple or gourmet. Heather was a co-founder of the blog and you will find her recipes mostly in the 2009-2010 archives.

While the needs of her family and life have moved her on from the blog, we are thankful for her vision and contributions to the site!

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ASHLEY A. JUDD

9 responses

  1. Just found your blog! Lovely! And great note about supporting local as best we can but being thrifty and having fun too! Yay!

  2. LOVE THIS BLOG!!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE!!! 🙂 🙂 PLEASE keep up the BRILLIANT work, such lovely recipes, such creativeness, such beautiful pictures..*sigh*

  3. Hi Heather,
    Mum (Sue) remembers your cooking when you were 15 years old whilst you were in Uganda with your parents and when all the pastors used to come at 6:00 p.m, just as your family was sitting down to eat! We can see that this helped you cook for large numbers of people, especially for those who were unexpected! Your food blog is beautiful; gorgeous photos & delicious recipes =) I’m an aspiring chef (nearly 15!) hoping to go to culinary college in the future and cooking almost every day for our family of five. Your recipes spark off dinner ideas and plans for offerings for youth group & church (I’ve got my eye on Alaina’s Orange Brownies!). Give my love to your family.
    Thanks again!
    Hannah

  4. Just want to say your article is striking. The lucidity in your post is simply spectacular and i can take for granted you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with future post. Thanks a million and please keep up the admirable work

  5. Heather and Alaina,
    Wow! What an awesome blog. I was drawn to the Market Fresh and Weekend Fare categories with all of the “yummy” dishes there. Would you consider creating an International category? (Thai, Korean, sushi, others) Thanks!

  6. Thank you for starting this blog. I am excited to read it!!! You both are wonderful cooks and I look forward to seeing alot more ideas to try.

  7. Great project ladies!!! I look forward to more. I had to laugh at the pictures, though. The clean kitchen with clean aprons is NOT the scene I walked in on the other day. Give us the real deal!!

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