About Karen

I’m a full time mom and foodie, for lack of a better word, living in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

Before I had kids, I wanted to own a restaurant and cook like Alice Waters – straight out of the garden, preferably one in Provence or Italy (so far that plan is still in the Dream Phase).

I talked myself into my first restaurant job working with chef Melissa Kelly, whom I consider my cooking mentor. Her restaurant Primo, in Rockland, Maine serves rustic, Mediterranean-influenced food, my kind of soul food, with many of the ingredients grown or harvested very nearby.

Over the years, I’ve worked as a wine consultant and cheesemonger, catered dinner parties, entered cooking contests , and these days I also teach cooking classes.

As of November, 2007 I am in business! I’ve launched DinnerStyle, my personal chef service. I’d love to come and cook for you in the St. Louis area.

My FamilyStyle Food blog is about sharing what I love – cooking, eating and entertaining – with a fresh, seasonal sensibility and simple recipes.

I hope you visit often and find something that makes you hungry or inspires you to gather around the table – there’s nothing better.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Karen!

    I wanted to send you a private message but I realize there isn’t an email link – is it possible for you to shoot me an email at ferozan@webguerrilla.com?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Ferozan 🙂


  2. RecipeGirl says:

    Lovely blog! Thanks for visiting mine. I’ll come visit yours ofen as it looks quite delicious!

  3. Stumbled across your blog from tastespotting. Love your style and recipes. I will be back often to give many of them a try.

  4. World Flavors says:

    Hi Karen,

    I just found your blog a day or two ago. I like it a lot and added it to my fav. blog list too ?
    Photos look amazing! Recipes very tempting.



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