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Hi, I'm Desiree' Welcome to Kitten with a Whisk!

About me:

My culinary background: I’m sure it goes without saying, but I’m pretty passionate about cooking and eating food. I started in the kitchen when I was about 8 and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve never studied the culinary arts professionally (or cooked professionally), so I consider myself a home-grown cook. My mother is a wonderful cook and my great aunt a wonderful baker, and I tend to think I inherited my ability from each of them.

On a more personal note: I’m entering into my late 20’s and I live in the Tampa Bay area, but I’m originally from New England. I have an over-time job, a full-time boyfriend, and I take classes part-time towards my 2nd degree. In addition to cooking my other interests include: singing loudly when I’m home alone; using Google to solve life’s mysteries; reading crappy novels; renting (and forgetting to return) redbox movies; weighing myself; procrastinating; sniffing my dog’s paws while they sleep (that’s normal right?); and obsessing over my favorite TV show Fringe.

About the blog:
When I started this blog it was because I needed a real hobby, and I thought it will be a good excuse to finally write down my own recipes for once. This has proven to be quite a challenge and no easy task! I was always a pinch or this or a handful of that kind of girl.

Even though this blog will be mostly recipes, there will still be various non-recipes posts related to food that interest me in some way. And probably a little bit of life sprinkled in as well.

About the food:
I’ve been told I’m all about the comfort food, which I think is ok. Whether I’m making a salad or macaroni and cheese, I want food to not only stifle my hungry belly, but to feed my soul as well. To me, THAT is comfort food… and was a totally corny thing to say. Here you will find food that I cook in my home at any given time. This will not be the place to find foie gras with a dandelion infusion. While I’m sure there will be some more trendy, complex, or contemporary dishes every once in a while, my food is mostly simple and easy to prepare. Nonetheless it will certainly taste amazing, or at least I will think so.

About the recipes:
Unless I’m baking, I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly. I think they are great for learning how to cook something new, or for some inspiration, but in the end I always end up putting my own spin on it. I encourage you to do the same and feel free to adapt them to your own tastes as needed. As for my own recipes, I write each recipe down as I go and try to be as precise as possible. Sometimes I’ll make a dish a few times before I feel it’s good enough to share, and other times I get it right the first time.

About the name:
I’ve been ask how I came up with the name a lot. “Kitten with a Whisk” is a play on words from “Kitten with a Whip”, which was book and then movie in the 1960’s. ‘Kitten’ is also a term of endearment within my circle of friends and one day it clicked in my head. I’m pretty feisty or sassy anyway so it seemed to fit my personality as well.

A personal note:
Thank you so much for coming to my little site! I hope you find some things here that interest you, you learn something new, or find a great recipe. If you ever have any comments, questions, or constructive criticism please feel free to email me at kittenwhisk @ yahoo {dot} com.
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