COOKtheSTORY: Homemade Recipes for Real Life
by Christine Pittman
Hi! I’m Christine, a busy gal who loves good food. I’m a single mom to two amazing kids and to two adorable cats (I call this foursome my kittos lol). I have my own full-time (and over-time!) business running this site and also TheCookful.com and, the brand new, IsThisThatFood.com. Together, my three sites reach over 1.5 million people every month so you can imagine that things get crazy around here. I’m constantly writing, taking pictures, editing, managing contributors, and, oh yeah, cooking. To say that I wear many hats is an understatement – there are many hats, and also many shirts, shoes, pants, and even the odd cape!
As my life has gotten busier, the way I approach food has changed. I used to spend tons of time cooking. Now it’s a heck of a lot less. What I do cook uses simple fresh ingredients and doesn’t take much of my energy. I love dinners where everything goes onto one pan and into the oven, freeing me up to do other things like laundry, supervise homework or cuddle up with the kittos. My current fave is this One Pan Shrimp and Asparagus that uses shrimp straight from the freezer.
The recipes I put on COOKtheSTORY are things that I actually make in my hectic life, so they tend to be pretty quick and easy. They’re inspired by many things like my mood, the ingredients I see at the grocery store, dishes I see on restaurant menus, delicious pictures I spot on Pinterest, etc.. Often though, the recipes I post are inspired by my readers. I pay attention to which of my recipes are getting the most comments and visits from you guys and then I try to do more things like that. You seem to seriously love my How To Roast Pork Perfectly post and so I did follow ups like How to Roast Pork Loin Perfectly, How to Cook Pork Tenderloin and How to Cook Pork Chops Perfectly. Another example is my easy take on stuffed peppers (these babies don’t require you to pre-cook the filling, such a time-saver). You loved those so much that I used the same method to make Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers and Greek Stuffed Peppers, and then I launched a whole big series about stuffed peppers over on TheCookful).
I hope you like the things I’ve been coming up with. If you have any suggestions or ideas, or if you really like something I’ve posted, let me know. It continually inspires me to know that you like my food, and to discover which things you enjoy the most.
Thank you for helping me build and grow my sites. I wish you a wonderful day full of laughter, hugs and fabulous food!