Hello! My name is Aura and I’m thrilled to meet you! A few things about me and my blog:
I grew up in a tiny two bedroom Finnish farmhouse on forty acres in the heart of the Upper Peninsula. The kitchen was the heartbeat of the home. From a very early age, the kitchen was my favorite room in the home. I would read to my mom as she cooked and did most homework and crafts at the kitchen table. This love of the kitchen carries on today. Whether I am cooking for myself or friends, typing up a blog post, or reading magazines, you will most likely find me in the kitchen.
My love of cooking started when I was ten, having received a subscription to Hearth Song’s Cook It! Club. Each month, I eagerly awaited the arrival of a new utensil and set of recipes to add to my recipe binder. I was hooked.
Our family had a two-acre vegetable garden. Armed with fresh broccoli, kohlrabi, carrots, and lettuce I learned how to cook a variety of vegetables into healthy dishes. Being raised by a hippie mom taught me how exciting and flavorful vegetarian food can be. Although I am no longer vegetarian, my diet is primarily plant and grain based for health, environmental, and taste preferences.
Dinner With Aura came about a couple of years ago. I would often call my mom to catch up as I was cooking dinner and we would chat briefly about what I was making. She would exclaim, “Oh! I wish I could have dinner with you, Aura!” Because she is a seven hour drive away, I decided that the best I could do was take photos and share the recipes with her. Dinner With Aura started out as a private blog, with only my mom, sister, and best friend able to view the recipes. After a little while, and with inspiration from other fabulous food bloggers, I decided to launch it for the public to see.
So what should you expect to find here? Some years ago, I started focusing on whole foods cooking (although as it happens, I had eaten whole foods my entire childhood) and felt I had found my niche. I also discovered that if you use good, whole, fresh, preferably local ingredients, food simply tastes better. I am a vocal advocate for eating whole foods and most of the foods on my blog are entirely composed of whole foods ingredients.
I hope you enjoy the recipes–I wish we could have dinner together!