I'm so happy you are here!
Hi! I’m Kelli! Welcome to this little space on the internet all about feeding our families. I’m the creator of Everyday Family Eats and the woman behind all of the recipes, writing, and photographs on this site. I also created Everyday Pie, the sister website to EFE, which is all about baking pies and pastry.
Who I am, Then and Now
I fell hard and fast in love with food during my junior year studying communications at Emerson College. Since graduating, I've spent my entire career in the professional food world. I attended culinary school at Boston University, where I'm currently working on my graduate degree in Gastronomy. After many years honing my skills as both a cook and a baker in Boston area restaurants and bakeries, I left to start my family. Being home with my little ones was magical, but the call to find a new path forward in the culinary world was strong. After a short stint running my own micro-bakery, I transitioned to work in recipe development. In 2018 I created Everyday Pie, and it has been a complete joy over the last couple of years to watch that business grow.
In 2021, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as a rare genetic disorder that predisposes me to future cancers. For obvious reasons, this was a big moment in my life and the life of my young family. It changed priorities for me, and really put things into perspective as to what matters and what I want to spend my life doing. One thing that hasn’t changed since that diagnosis is that I love developing recipes and sharing my love of food with others. So, when I left my full-time job as a food editor during my cancer treatment, I knew that it was time to start a second recipe website dedicated to sharing something deeply important to me: the easy family meals I cook in my own home. It was then that Everyday Family Eats was created.
About the Family Behind Everyday Family Eats
I am a mom to two children, Lilia and Joaquin, currently 9 and 10, and wife to John. I like to think our family looks a lot like many other families. We are a two-parent working household with kids who have busy schedules. Like many, our lives often feel a bit hectic. But regardless of whatever craziness is going on, our family comes together at night at the dinner table.
Sitting together each and every night is a non-negotiable in our lives because it is the one time of day our family gets to connect. But sometimes, especially depending on whatever season of our lives we’re going through, getting that dinner on the table can feel like a herculean task.
I started this website to document my own exploration to answer the age-old question, “what’s for dinner, and what’s it going to take to make it?” Even as a culinary professional, answering this question can feel fraught! Instead of endlessly searching the internet for wholesome, quick, and kid-friendly ideas, I decided to build a resource myself. Since then, I've shared some of our family favorites and created new ones.
I believe cooking is an act of love and a way to nourish our families, and, I know my readers feel the same way. I hope that the recipes here reflect that notion.
On this site you can find recipes for:
- quick-to-make weeknight dinners (like Sheet Pan Sausage and Potatoes or Tomato Basil Pasta)
- dinners for picky eaters, that are still wholesome (like Weeknight Turkey Chili or Chicken Broccoli Ziti)
- one-pot dinner recipes, because these are the ultimate quick dinner hack (like No Boil Baked Ziti or Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
- easy breakfast recipes (like Maple Blueberry Oatmeal or Whole Wheat Banana Muffins)
- and fun, yet super simple sweets (like Apple Cider Donut Cake or Healthy-ish Fudgesicles)
About the Recipes
There are a few different reasons why a recipe might make an appearance here, but at the very least, a recipe must be either:
- really delicious with a nod to being nutritionally well-rounded
- as easy-to-make as possible
- quick to put on the table
While most of the recipes on this site will fall into the category of American cuisine, our family unit is Colombian-American (with my husband John having grown up in Colombia), which means some of the recipes I share will be influenced by that (like this Arepas con Queso recipe or this Carne en Bistec recipe). Over the years John and his family have introduced me to some of the dishes he grew up eating; that way I could make sure, as the cook in our family, that our own children got to experience it too. And it’s an integral part of our family experience. And I grew up in an Italian-American home, and that inspires a lot of the way I cook as well.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Everyday Family Eats. I'm so glad you are here.
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