Hello world, here’s why I’m starting a cooking blog

My little Jack and I, taken in spring 2014.
My little Jack and I, taken in spring 2014. Photo by Jack & Lola Photography

We moms have a lot on our plate. Changing diapers, getting everyone dressed, taking kids to lessons, negotiating naps and working all piles up fast. And by dinner time not only are you left with little energy from what sleep you got last night, but you just have no clue what to put on the table.

I’d like to do what I can to help. No, I’m not coming over to help with the chores (I have enough here, especially with no dishwasher). I’m here to see what help I can provide in advice, recipes and links that will help you know what to make for dinner. And at that, a dinner that you can afford, that you can make in a reasonable amount of time and that (maybe) everyone will eat.

I’m no professional chef, but I am a mom who cooks all the time. On days when I’m not working, I (usually) cook all three meals a day. Besides this new blog venture, I am a monthly columnist for OC Family magazine and on weekends I work at Sur La Table (this blog is in no way affiliated with either of those things).

Also, it’ll be good to know that I’m a vegetarian — along with the whole family. So, the recipes that I provide will all be minus meat/fish/gelatin. I still eat dairy, so you’ll still find cream, eggs and cheese here. If you’re a meat-eater, maybe make one of these dishes on a Monday. Or, feel free to make it your own and add in some chicken/fish/whatever.

Finally, please get involved here. Tell me what you love and hate about my recipes. If I post a roundup of my favorite shortcake recipes, write a comment to tell me what awesome dish I missed. I will also have regular reader features — so send me your favorite recipe (no matter how simple it is) and I can show it off here for the benefit of others. And, if you ever have a question — ask me and I’ll answer right here on the blog!

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey, now let’s cook!

Sonya Quick

Full-time mom, freelance journalist and dancer. Loves cooking, listening to good music and drinking craft beer.

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