Hello from the Midwest!
I am the food blogger, photographer and recipe developer behind Midwest Foodie. I focus on sharing simple recipes that make it easy to feed your family real food. As a busy mom and blogger, I understand how hard it can be to get a wholesome dinner on the table at the end of a long day. Here on Midwest Foodie I’ll share with you my family’s favorite recipes that include seasonal (mostly healthy) and accessible ingredients.
A bit more about me…
Pour yourself a glass of wine and get comfy…
Growing up in a “meat and potatoes” family I was raised on traditional Midwestern food all my life. Frozen Salisbury steak dinner was number one on my list of childhood favorites, followed closely by those little mini canned potatoes. On the weekends, I spent a lot of time making messes in my grandma’s kitchen. I can still remember the rickety old step stool I used to perch on as I eagerly watched her sift flour and crack eggs. She always let me help and she never made cookies without using leftover bacon drippings. When I look back now on all the chocolate chip cookies and Jiffy boxed cakes we made, I am still in awe of the amount of patience she had with me. I attribute a lot of my love for food to her and I always try to channel her patience when I am cooking with my own family in the kitchen.
It wasn’t until I was living on my own that I started to really experiment with food and flavor. I loved my first studio apartment where the kitchen was literally in a closet and my bed took up half the room. Oh, the freedom I felt being able to cook whatever I wanted and stay up all night watching Sex & the City on DVD (I am definitely dating myself with that reference…)! Although I could only afford mac and cheese and frozen tilapia, it was all mine!! I would cover a tilapia filet with every single spice I owned along with a giant pat of butter and bake it in my mini oven, always overcooking the heck out of it. I’d wash it down with a glass of way too sweet bottom shelf moscato and I loved every over-seasoned bite and underwhelming sip.
Fast forward to now.
My love for food and wine continues to grow and you’ll still find me making messes in the kitchen on the weekends. Only now my toddler is usually sitting on the counter helping me measure ingredients or roll out dough. She’s my best taste tester and always tells me I’m “doin’ a good job momma.” I’m doing my best to teach her everything I know and get her involved in making the food she’s eating. And much to my delight, most days she’ll eat whatever I put in front of her! Lucky for me, my husband will always do the same. My tastes are a bit more refined now but I still focus on making family friendly recipes that are approachable, simple to prepare and most important of all, meals that taste great!
Here at Midwest Foodie we make it easy to feed your family real food.
I love to share my favorite products with my readers and am available for sponsored posts, recipe development, brand ambassadorships, product giveaways and pretty much anything else that sounds fun. If you feel like my love for food aligns with yours, please feel free to reach out.
You can learn a little bit more about me by checking out my episode of the Dishing with Delishes podcast! I’ll share what I love most about blogging, my biggest food failure and how many tattoos I have!
Learn even more about me in this interview from Uno Casa! I’ll share with you my top three kitchen gadgets, my most favorite meal ever and my best tips for grocery shopping!