Welcome to the CrackerBoxKitchen! My name is Jessica. I live in central North Carolina with my husband Tristan and our four cats, Maxie, Biga, and the twins Fergus and Rowan, and two outside dogs, Daisy and Echo.
Growing up, I hated to cook. I fought my mama tooth and nail whenever she asked me to help. But, left alone on a Saturday afternoon, I’d whip-up a cake in a heart beat! Homemade icing, food colour decorations and all. It wasn’t until college that I truly learned to enjoy the art of cooking, aided by the help of a beau who introduced me to the joys of mushrooms sauteed with garlic and butter.
I actually started this blog as a way to share photos of a home improvement project (Fence Building Food) and the “thank you” dinner that I prepared for the builders (my now-husband, father, and a friend.) When I started this blog in the summer of 2010, I was living in a cute little two bedroom duplex with a huge backyard, and a disproportionately small kitchen (80 square feet, stocked with a full-sized washer, dryer, refrigerator, and stove, to be exact.) My kitchen tools consisted of a Sunbeam hand mixer, a dollar store chef’s knife (which I still have), and a Black&Decker “Handy Chopper”. I didn’t have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, a food processor, or cut-to-the-bone-sharp Wüstof knifes.
Over the past five years, and many thanks to my husband, I now have all of those kitchen implements, AND one hundred and eighty square feet of kitchen in which to store them. But the truth is, you don’t need high-end kitchen tools to make a great meal. I won’t lie, they certainly can help to make the process easier, but all you really need is a good recipe, a little cook’s intuition, and the will to give it try.
In this blog I’ll share with you some of my all-time favourite recipes, as well as newly discovered delectable delights, and maybe even a few science projects. I enjoy taking an existing recipe and tweaking it to make it my own. I also love the “why” and the history of food and cooking. (As you’ll see me mention often, Alton Brown is my hero.) My posts are peppered with external links to additional information that you may find useful or interesting. While you’re here, be sure to check-out the Recipe Box and the Tools of the Trade pages. And don’t forget to subscribe to receive notification when I post a new recipe!
So come on in (all of you, there’s room now!) and let’s see what’s cooking in the CrackerBoxKitchen!