Ok, since I have officially posted a few recipes by now, I GUESS I should replace the generic info on this page! Hello! If you are here, chances are that you already KNOW me! 🙂 But if you don’t, in the kitchen I am known as “rough chop.” I do things like chop onions a little too roughly, resist measuring flour at every turn and cause my husband to gasp at my brazen splashing in of dressing before mixing its ingredients separately. But you know what? It usually turns out alright…at least, all the recipes YOU’LL be seeing do. We don’t talk about the other ones. Not EVER. Shh.

I guess you could say my recipes include fresh, simple ingredients and putting the power back into the kitchen instead of the companies that make food-like items. Not only will taking a little extra time improve the flavor and nutrition of your food, but it will also save you from having to stare at the back of a can for ten minutes wondering what the h*** high fructose corn syrup is doing in your soup and why there are so many three syllable words that you can’t pronounce there!

Ad Novum means “from the beginning” which for this page symbolizes the goal of using fresh and real ingredients in our cooking – and taking a deeper look at where some recipes originate or even the ingredients themselves. I’m kind of a geek that way.

Update: Three kids later and family compatibility with the the recipes is a must. We were super lucky with our first child – and maybe a little by design – she’s basically a mini-foodie. She will try ANYTHING, and has gone through phases like eating entire cans of smoked oysters. She didn’t get the oyster thing from me, but I do think including your kids in the cooking process as much as you can really improves their relationship with eating.

Of course, second child is the picky one – at least, in comparison. He still likes artichokes and green beans and broccoli. But I’ve found he’s more of an all-at-once-eater. Like he would eat a plate of just one of those things, but if there are too many colors mixed together, it’s a no-go.

We’ll see about the third.

I am also introducing two new categories to the page. One is ‘My Favorite Things’ which will just include favorite products, magazines, kitchen tools, etc. And ‘Kitchen History’ for the geeks out there like me, who like to know where things come from.

Thanks for checking it out, and let me know how your stuff turns out! Happy and nutritious eating!!


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