About

 I love recipes.  I am passionate about cooking and baking. I read cookbooks like novels.  I have piles of recipes clipped from magazines and flagged in books.  I enjoy trying published recipes as well as creating my own using random items in my cupboards.  I love unleashing my creativity in the kitchen.  My husband insisted I create this blog as a means of documenting the food I prepare for him, my family, and friends.

In addition to keeping track of my adventures in the kitchen, perhaps this blog can inspire you to get in your kitchen and have some fun preparing meals and sweets for your family and friends!

My Principles:

Cooking

  • Use fresh ingredients as often as possible
  • Use prepackaged ingredients as infrequently as possible
  • Plan to spend one day each week preparing a meal that can be easily reheated during the week so there is always something fresh and delicious to eat when weeknights get hectic
  • Respect food and the time it takes to prepare it—In our household we try to sit at the dining room table enjoying the meal for about the same amount of time it took for me to prepare it
  • Use the season as a guide for flavors
  • Continue to try new ingredients, new types of cuisine, and new cooking methods
  • Continue to rely on classics and family favorites
  • Distinguish between weeknight suppers and special occasion meals (Use butter and cream in special occasion meals only—never weeknight suppers and never use low fat cheese in special occasion meals!)
  • Learn to love leftovers or takeout will take over!

Baking

Unfortunately I don’t yet believe in “replacement desserts” (as in substituting for real butter, milk and sugar). My baked goods are never intentionally low-fat or low-calorie.  (Almost always delicious, though!)   

Additionally:

Questions? Comments?  Recipe feedback?

  Email me! kitchenbelle (at) ymail (dot) com

21 Responses

  1. Love it! You are so inspiring!

  2. I love your blog! I´m going to make your chili today!

  3. Those look yummy!!!

  4. I am really impressed with the banana nut tart!!! So professional looking.

  5. I love your blog and look forward to making some of your recipes!

  6. Hi, just checking out the blog – love some of the recipes, I’m bookmarking!
    Nice meeting you tonight!
    Kirsten

  7. Hi Kirsten, It was great to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. Love it! Just stumbled upon your blog via Carrots ‘N’ Cake and, I too, read cookbooks like novels! now, I look forward to reading about your creativity with recipes here too :)

  9. Hi Rachel, Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Hi there, Loving the site. Seen your videos on the Cambridge Culinary Arts site, great work. Planning to study at Cambridge myself. All the best!!

  11. Love the new look!

  12. Mario–Enjoy your time at CSCA!
    Kate–Thank you! :-)

  13. The oatmeal cake is the best I have ever eaten. The texture is just perfect, also. It is a winner.

  14. Your website is so wonderful and inspiring too! I just want to get into the kitchen and cook! I am so impressed!

  15. I learned about your blog while visiting cambo/culinary.com. So I went to watch you make oatmeal muffins with icing. When I started watching you use the Kitchenaid mixer, I wondered whether there was something I didn’t know about mine, in view of the fact that your bowl wasn’t locked in the position, in which I use mine. When you got to the icing phase, I saw that it was locked in place. Thus, I imagined that its initial positioning was inadvertent, rather than a new feature of which I was not aware.
    You have a great site! I like its coloring, the wallpaper, and the fact that the length appears to be variable, as you add more recipes. I was wondering how it came about? Did you design it yourself? Do you have to hookup with an ISP to buy space on their hard drive to display it?

  16. Watched Julia & Julia last night and it made me think of you!!! Your blog is inspiring!! I made the quick and easy Cassoulet the other night and we ate the whole thing…. tasted even better the next day.

  17. It was SO wonderful to meet you at the We Are Not Martha party! I’m looking forward to following your blog!

  18. Wow, I love how much of yourself and your wealth of knowledge you throw into your blog! Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work–you’re such an inspiration to novice cooks :)

  19. would like to be added to the email list

  20. Hi KB!

    Love your groovy blog + yummy recipes!

    Looking forward to new posts, etc.

    M

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