Welcome to my chaos, er, kitchen

Everyone who cooks welcomes a new, tested recipe, and I welcome you to my blog.

Debby Stock Kiefer

Debby Stock Kiefer

I love cooking and baking almost as much as I enjoy eating. I’m all about kitchen experiments, or as Alton Brown says, playing with my food. I seldom follow a recipe exactly anymore. At the least I will increase the garlic or cinnamon or substitute an herb for the cilantro that I don’t like so much. Sometimes the recipe is just a suggestion, kind of like speed limits or the Ten Commandments are for some people.

What I hope to do here – God willing and pilot error not withstanding – is share some recipes, cooking tips and various observations that may or may not have anything to do with what normally goes on in a kitchen. I’ll test recipes from cookbooks and periodicals that catch my eye, and there will be at least one photo of each one (this is where pilot error may occur).

My blog name was born when I stumbled upon a rhyme online about King Henry VIII supposedly dumping one of his wives because of her use of herbs. To this I say, “You go, girl.” Didn’t the man eat everything in sight? How picky could he be?

Being a journalist by trade, I tried to prove that the very clever Ogden Nash wrote the rhyme, but I never could. And believe me, I looked through as many library books as I could find after my Internet search proved fruitless. I gave up because I’m not anal retentive, after all. I’m not. Or maybe it’s that I’m not obsessive compulsive. Are those hyphenated? Wait, let me go look it up….


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