Why I am an “Every Day Home Gourmet”

I love food!  I grew up in a food family.  Our Dad used to say, “some people eat to live…we live to eat!”.  That was in the 60’s, 70′ and 80’s.  As I grew to be an adult responsible for my own meals in the 80’s, 90’s and beyond, I took the good things I learned from my Mom’s and aunts’ and Grandmothers’ cooking and built on them.  My cultural background is Italian and Irish, although most of our food was more Italian than Irish.  For me, food is health, sustenance and social and emotional connection.  It’s also the history of how we connect with those we love.  Food is creative and ever-changing.  There are basic things that we know are good for our bodies and our souls, but as our worlds expand, we know that our concepts of what is good, shift, change and expand.  My reason for creating this blog is to demystify good food.  You don’t have to be a gourmet – a “foodie” – or an expert to create nutritious, delicious meals.  You do need to have a willingness to cook, a desire to eat mostly healthy food, a little knowledge of food groups and what is good for you, and some creativity.  The goal of this blog is to let everyone know that you can all cook things that others consider “gourmet”.  When you look up the word “gourmet” it says “a connoisseur of good food; a person with a discerning palate”.  I believe that is a part of all of us…food is a sensory and emotional experience.  What one considers gourmet might be different than what others think.  The goal of my blog is to empower everyone to believe that they can make delicious, healthy meals every day that others would think are gourmet.  This will take a few hours a week, but with careful planning and your creative thinking, you will eat delicious and healthy meals every day!

Colleen – an “every day home gourmet”