About the Site

Mageirocophobia: the fear of cooking

Many people think they can’t cook; maybe they’ve had a bad cooking experience in the past, and maybe they have never really tried.  And there is nothing wrong with the occasional boxed or microwaved dinner.  But we’re here to tell you that you can make a home-cooked meal, and that there is real joy in creating something either for yourself or to share with family and friends!

This site is for those with either a newfound or age-old love of food.  We will share dishes we’ve made on the Recipes page, places where we’ve dined out on the Restaurants page, and a little bit of this and that on the Side Dish page.  If you like our site and want to see our go-to sites for recipes and food fun, browse the Further Eating page.

And be sure to check us out on Pinterest and Instagram by clicking the green heart at the top of the page!

About the Authors

A few years ago, if you had told someone who knew me well that one day soon cooking would be one of my favorite things to do, they would have laughed in your face.  In fact, that’s still a common reaction when people hear I’m making dinner!  I used to balk at the idea of cooking a meal that did not come from a box and I could hardly tell if the water was boiling or not.  I was frightened that anything I made wouldn’t turn out.  But after spending time with people who value the creation of a meal and eating together as a family, I began to learn that it doesn’t matter if something doesn’t turn out — it matters that you tried, and that you learned something.  So now I fearlessly (well, mostly fearlessly) try any recipe, and I’ve found that not only am I able to cook, but I love it!

All of my life I have been surrounded by good food. My parents had many delicious “staple” dishes we ate often growing up, my day care lady fed us fresh veggies from her enormous garden, and my grandmas both make food so rich and filling you can’t help but close your eyes and savor every flavor the minute the spoon hits your mouth. However, it was not until recently I discovered I myself love to cook. There is nothing more satisfying than trying a new recipe only to discover a new favorite meal. Cooking allows me to be creative, and I love that. It’s like a craft you then get to eat and share with others. Some meals turn out better than others, of course, but that’s all part of the fun. If something doesn’t turn out it can always be improved by making a few changes next time! I love food. It truly is what brings people together.

About our Contributors

Ever since I was tall enough to reach the counter, I’ve been stirring and measuring and dicing and sautéing! Although I’ve had my fair share of culinary disappointments and flops over the years, something in me just kept driving me back to the kitchen. I attribute everything I learned about cooking to my mother, who consistently feeds the family healthy and delicious meals. I used to excitedly research a recipe, run out to the grocery store, and attempt something either brand-new or pretty complicated. My eye for complex recipes has mellowed out by now, but I admit I still love the challenge of conquering a lovely triple-layer cake! I’m excited to share some of my favorite recipes and other food endeavors with you! My husband and I love cooking dinner together every night – for more of our newlywed adventures in rural MN, visit my lifestyle blog, Just Bee!

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