Hi, I’m Elspeth. My friends and family call me Els!

My mother inherited my grandmother’s way of cooking: “Oh, I’m not exactly sure how I did it—a bit of this, a bit of that– leave it in the oven until it’s done!”

Both phenomenal cooks, the only way to learn recipes from both my mother and grandmother was to observe—So, that’s what I did!

Heavily influenced by French and German culinary traditions, my grandmother lived in Europe for a large period of her life, yet her American roots still shine in her cooking. Her books of reference are classics, like the Joy of Cooking, Fannie Farmer, and the ever-famous works of Julia Child.

My grandmother (and mother) are known for rushing around the kitchen in a flurry of energy: stirring pots and moving around pans; adjusting the heat on the stove, and checking that dishes aren’t burning in oven; they are always chopping something here and grating something there. Yet, somehow, all of the dishes always come together like a symphony, to make delicious meals that appeal to all of the senses.

My blog will pass on some amazing dishes from my family in the tradition of cooking that I was taught, and I’ll also experiment with some new recipes. Many of the featured recipes will beg for variations, but have solid foundations that make them fun and versatile!

I’m a Yogi, and a bit of a health nut, so you can expect this blog to feature some less guilty alternatives to naughtier recipes, and some healthy vegan and vegetarian options that you might enjoy!

You will see the influences of the French, German, and American cooking techniques that I’ve learned over the years– and some fun experiments! I’ll also recount what I learn on my travels!

A bit about my background? I graduated with a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University (Medill). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton, MA. My work has appeared in the National Post (Canada) and in the Providence Journal (U.S., Rhode Island).