Hi, I’m Kris, and I’m a food lover, numbers cruncher, and adventurous wife and mama who spends a good chunk of her day wearing Army boots. This is my virtual kitchen table, where everyone is welcome to come pull up a chair, have some good food, drink some great wine, tell some tall tales and share some bad puns, and probably listen to me talk too much about how we should all rip out our lawns in favor of veggie gardens.
About the Blog
Home Front Cooking started for a couple reasons. For one, I needed a non-work-related hobby that stretched my creativity and allowed me to decompress after taxing and stressful work days. For another, I love creating recipes, or taking family recipes and trying to give them new life – but I can never find where I put them or put my notes, so I needed a place to store those recipes. And it turns out, a lot of my friends and family want my recipes, too – so it’s nice to be able to just share a link when someone shoots you a “recipe please!”
I’ve been blogging around here for two years now, sharing dishes that can be whipped together out of whatever is in your fridge or pantry or, most preferably, your backyard garden, if you’re a backyard gardener like me – and I’ll teach you a few little tricks on how to 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. I’ve split my time equally between being an Army engineer and being an operations research analyst and I’ve absolutely loved both jobs. They have taken me all over the country and the world and thrown me into adventures I never could have dreamed of, some of which I will share here. I spend a lot of time on the speaker circuit, talking about how the Army, the DoD, and the Federal Government should progress in the fields of data analysis and AI. I also spend way too much time watching HGTV, sleep too little, and drink more coffee than any sane human should.
When I’m not at work, I spend my time with my handsome husband of nine years and our energetic handsome fuzzy-blond-haired little baby boy, who is now two and learning to love exploring food and cooking, hiking, 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 of it all have fueled my passion for cooking even more.
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!