Hi! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Karen and I confess I’m pretty much always craving some particular thing to eat or cook.
My appetite is sparked by the sensuality of food – color, texture and smell. That must explain why I love what I do!
What you’ll find here:
The goal is to spark your appetite and give you tools and ideas to cook, eat and live well. I tend to use lots of seasonal produce and what I call “real” food in my recipes, which I like to keep pared down and unfussy.
For the most part, the recipes are geared toward healthful meals made from scratch with minimally processed ingredients.
If you love good food but often struggle finding time to actually cook, or often search the grocery store wondering what to buy and what to do with it, there are recipes here to help.
Here’s a sample of easy recipes that are big on flavor:
- Roasted Vegetables with Parmesan Polenta
- Rosemary Brown Sugar Pork Chops
- Pappardelle Pasta with Mushroom Ragu
- Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken
Looking back I can see that those hours spent around the table were a gift from my grandparents. It was the best way they knew to keep family bound together and nourished, as generations multiplied, kids grew up and babies were born.
Maybe because of that, I’m drawn to the simplicity of rustic food – Mediterranean for sure — but also from cultures where dishes are shared communally, from big platters that get passed around the table.
I’m a freelance recipe developer, writer and photographer. Until recently I was the food editor at the Village Voice in New York City.
I trained in restaurant kitchens, and was for many years a personal chef, planning dinner menus and shopping for all the fresh ingredients needed for a day of cooking in one of my client’s kitchens.
My passion for cooking healthy whole food led me to pursue certification in holistic nutrition from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
To recharge, I often listen to music, spend time with my family and read fiction and cookbooks (naturally!).
I’m also pretty dedicated to exercise and try to fit in time for these streaming workouts daily.
In late 2013, I moved from the Midwest, where I lived for more than 15 years, back to the East Coast.
I’m in a great town in New Jersey, about 20 miles from New York City. I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I’m close to the epicenter of so much culture, history and best of all — food!
Work with Me:
Are you looking for recipe development, food photography or marketing for your food brand or product? Get more info on how we can collaborate.
10 things I love:
- Vintage linen napkins
- The smell of a freshly-cut lemon
- A full moon shining on the ocean
- Chili peppers
- A good set of headphones and great music
- Sleeping with the window open
- The sound palm trees make in the breeze
- Wood fires
- Chocolate (darker the better)