About Me

Hello and welcome to My Rural Kitchen!

I’m glad you’re here to share this journey with me.  I’m new to the world of blogging but I’m not new to cooking. I’ve been enjoying cooking for as long as I can remember. I love to cook for people. Cooking is almost like therapy for me at the end of the day. That and and a glass of wine! But I’m not a trained chef by any means. I’m no expert, and self taught. I continue to learn new things, and that is part of the fun of cooking.


I love food. But who doesn’t? Food is a centerpiece of our lives. Good times and bad times there is food brought and shared with our family and friends. Day to day life, there is food we sit down to talk over with our family at the end of the day.  Food brings us together. It is a universal love language. But so many people aren’t creating that food in their own kitchen.

I would like to encourage to you to do that. To create delicious and healthy homemade meals in your own kitchen for your families and your friends. Through this blog I hope you can do that. If you do already cook, I hope to share new ideas and inspiration when you can’t think of anything to make for dinner tonight.

A little bit about me, for those that don’t know me.

I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and I love it. I live in Oregon with my husband and two spoiled dogs that are my kids. Zip and Waylon. I think you’ll hear about them from time to time. I work full time for a farm, as does my husband. But different farms. So our schedules get pretty busy, but we still eat a home cooked meal together pretty much every night. I think there’s something to that, and more families should make that a priority.

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Our little family.

My mom is a fantastic cook, as was my dad. They taught my sisters and I to love being in the kitchen. And to make it homemade. We are each skilled in the kitchen and love sharing food inspiration. Basically we’re good eaters, and we love to eat! So we have lots of practice.

I don’t really measure anything when I’m cooking, I eyeball everything. I eat fairly clean and my recipes will reflect that. However, I do have my indulgences and believe in the occasional treat. Moderation is the key to life!

I love old country music, cast iron skillets, old farm houses, no sugar in my ice tea, aviator sunglasses, sushi, kombucha, dogs, antiques, hunting, cookbooks, reading, photography, a sharp knife, history, real butter, our house, pictures, vinyl records, junkin’, anything with a little history  or a story, whimsical nature, honesty, hiking, and continually learning.


Thanks for joining me on this journey. I hope you enjoy it. And most importantly I hope you’re inspired to get in the kitchen!


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