Welcome to Braised in a Kitchen – I am so glad you are here! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Kathryn, I am a mom-taught/self-taught cook and this is where I share my recipes with you – my new invisible internet bestie! I am also a wife, mama, and cat referee (we have two cats who fight all. the. time.). Here, you will find a little bit of everything, but most of my recipes are from-scratch creations. One day I might share a recipe for a super healthy salmon salad, and the next day a recipe for peanut butter fudge brownies. But it all evens out…right? We try to eat mostly clean, whole foods and to eat seasonally, but sometimes you just need a plate full of cookies to round out your diet!
About the Food
My life as an amateur chef started when I was young – with my mom encouraging us to help her in the kitchen. But it wasn’t until I got older that I developed a love for cooking. The first dish I ever made completely on my own was pancakes and they were…a disaster! I turned the heat up too high so they were slightly burned on the outside and very raw on the inside. I can still remember my dad insisting that he preferred them that way (ha!).
Fast forward to today, and don’t worry, I am a much better cook. I enjoy making up my own recipes and trying new twists on classic dishes! I read cookbooks like novels and am always hunting for new dishes to inspire, nourish, and delight my family. I think my hubby’s main complaint is that we rarely have the same meal twice in our home!
I love cooking, its one of my favorite ways to pass the time. But more than that, I just really love food. From kale to cake and black beans to Brussels sprouts, (and don’t even get me started on bacon and butter!) I love it all – and my hubby is right there with me. When we first met there were some things he thought he didn’t like (roasted beets, for example), but I quickly converted him. In fact, we joke that he mainly proposed to me because of my cooking…although I’m starting to wonder if it’s really a joke or just him being honest…
Since I’m a born and raised Texan and a Southerner through and through you will find a lot of Tex-Mex recipes here. Like seriously. A lot. You will also find quite a few Southern dishes, international cuisine, and everything in between. Also, because of #MomLife I try to create as many 30 minute and make ahead recipes as I can!
It is my goal to help families get into the kitchen and cook, bake, and grill up delicious, mostly homemade meals to enjoy together around the dinner table. But, I also realize just how busy life can get – with or without kiddos – so I try to include tips and tricks to meal prep each recipe so you can make them ahead and then pull them together in a few minutes on a weeknight.
About our Family
My hubby loves woodworking, camping, and being outdoors and he is the most wonderful, amazing, and kind person you will ever meet. He is my sous-chef (which is French for “dishwasher”) and biggest supporter. The best part of every day is being married to him. And chocolate.
And then we have our sweet, energetic, fun-loving little boy. He is such a delight and our main source of entertainment! On photo shoot days he can usually be found right by my set-up table saying yummy. He is not at all a picky eater and we are really hopping that trend continues. And he just got promoted to big brother in July of 2020 when we welcomed our sweet little Lydia!
About the Blog
All of the photos on this blog are taken by me (as an amateur food photographer!) unless otherwise noted. All recipes, creations, and writings on this blog are my own unless otherwise noted. Most of the recipes have been tested at least twice before being posted.
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