About the Blog
Home Front Cooking is my virtual kitchen table, a place for pulling up a chair and sharing in good food and good wine with good friends, a place for telling lousy jokes and good stories. Most of the dishes you’ll see here are ones you can whip together at the last minute out of whatever is in your fridge or pantry or even your backyard, if you’re a backyard gardener like me – but I’ll teach you a few little tricks that will make them taste like you worked on them all day!
I believe in food that is simple, seasonal, delicious, and flavored heavily by the accent du terroir of where you live. Food tells our stories to the people who sit and dine with us, and I hope that the recipes I share with you tell you some of mine.
Most of my recipes are what I’d call Central Coast Casual, influenced by growing up on California’s gorgeous Central Coast – lots of Italian and Mexican influences, lots of fresh and simple and seasonal ingredients, and probably a ridiculous amount of fresh seafood, olive oil, tomato, and avocado. I say ridiculous because there is no such thing as too much.
Oh, and I grew up surrounded by grapes and vineyards, so wine pairings are pretty much a necessity. I offer my suggestions as often as I can!
Here’s just a little bit of what you’ll see here:
These are also some of my favorite posts on food and my food philosophy:
I’m a career Army officer and a recovering workaholic. But I’m also really enthusiastic about serving fresh and healthy meals to my family and cultivating my backyard garden and writing and photography, so my husband suggested that I not only get a hobby to give myself something constructive to do that wasn’t work, but I combine all those things I get excited about – food, writing, photography – in a food blog. Pretty smart dude I married.
Not too long after starting this blog, we had our gorgeous fuzzy-blond-haired little baby boy, who is now two and full of energy and learning to love exploring food and cooking and harvesting from our backyard garden. Teaching him about nature and the outdoors, showing him the work and care it takes to grow food, and sharing with him the joy and skill of cooking have fueled my passion for creating delicious and healthy recipes even more.
When we’re not cooking and eating together, we’re all avid hikers, campers, and outdoor explorers, although my husband Scott and I spend a lot of time working on home improvement projects around the house, from replacing floors and doors to simple painting and complex furniture building. You might see some of that pop up around here as well, and I’ll also share some of my favorite gardening tips and tricks if you want to grow your own food, whether you’ve got room for large garden plots or you just want to grow some herbs in your kitchen window.
Pull up a chair and pour yourself a glass. You’re welcome here.
You may find some affiliate links and sponsored posts here, but this is primarily a hobby blog. Anything I share for sale around here is something I would buy – and probably have bought – anyway that I want to share with you, and I never accept a sponsored post for anything I wouldn’t use. For partnership opportunities, you can contact me here.
Thanks for visiting, and happy cooking!