First of all, how adorable is this photo of my three children?! I love these little humans of mine. Ever since I came to meet my in-laws for the first time 9 years ago, I knew that I wanted to have a family photo in front of the Delta cotton fields where my mother-in-law grew up. That blanket of white fluffiness is simply mesmerizing. My dream home location is a toss up between a house on open pasture land and a house surrounded by cotton fields. I just love it.
I started this blog because I’ve had a passion for cooking since around middle school, even though “cooking” back then consisted mainly of opening up a brownie box and following the recipe on the back. A few years later, I started baking homemade cookies from the back of a Nestle chocolate chip bag. I failed about 97% of the time. But my poor father was so sweet and would eat my burnt, crumbly cookies and would say “they taste great!” Nevertheless, I still really enjoyed the process. Fast forward a few more years when I ate my way through several cooking classes in college, and I now know how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie! (among a few other treats and dishes)
After taking those courses, doing my own research, and learning tons from trial and error, I am able to create recipes that are simultaneously delicious and safe for people with certain food allergies. One of my boys has an allergy to dairy, and an EXTREME allergy to cashews (a few other foods cause him some trouble, and dogs, but milk and cashews are the worst). It’s scary to have a child who has such severe allergies. The doctor says he still may grown out of the dairy allergy, so for now we do about half and half with dairy and absolutely no cashews, because he has anaphylactic reactions to those.
When I first started grocery shopping with my son’s allergies in mind, I discovered that dairy is in SO MUCH of what we were used to buying and eating. Much of it was packaged foods that also had a label that warned consumers that there “might” be traces of tree nuts. Talk about stressful! I knew I needed to recreate some of our regular recipes and make them allergy friendly. So on this blog, I have a section geared just toward this problem. I hope that I can help other moms, or anyone with allergies, find recipes that will be delicious and safe to eat for them, their family or their friends.
I’m also a western girl who grew up eating a lot of Mexican food, rice, and steak. My step mom wasn’t at all excited to cook for us when she married my dad, so she stuck with cooking a few simple recipes all the time; and one of those was steak. She and my dad loved eating it, so we had it pretty much 5 out of 7 days a week. I got so sick of it. My southern-fried husband thought I was crazy for getting tired of eating steak the first time I told him that story. But I think if anyone ate as often as I did, they’d get a little sick of it too.
Speaking of my Southern Man, he introduced me to a whole new world of food and flavor. I love the Southern style of cooking and eating! I love that meals are surrounded by family and friends and are made together with love and butter. My home-cooked meals were so bland growing up that I didn’t know at all how to flavor food. Now, living in this flavor paradise, I have finally learned how to add flavor to my recipes. And on top of traditional Southern food, we live close to New Orleans, which has a whole different set of flavors and flavor combinations. I love sprinkling some Cajun spice onto my eggs, yum!
I do like to eat a good variety of food, so my blog will be filled with mouthwatering recipes and homemade concoctions of all sorts. I hope you’ll take a look around my site and find something that you’d like to make. Then, let me know how it turns out!
Tag me on Instagram with @shescountrykitchen so I can see what you make!
And props to my husband who edits my posts for me! These photos were taken by the lovely Madeline Skynelle. Definitely take a look at her Instagram and follow her! She takes beautiful photos of her house, land, and decor!