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 or typing away on the computer busy at my day job as a market research manager, 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 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.
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!