Welcome to this brand new recipe website all about easy family dinners all family members will love! If you are landing here, then you are reading the very first post on this new website. I am so glad you are here!
Everyday Family Eats is the sister website to Everyday Pie, a recipe site dedicated to all things pie and pastry. It's been such a joy creating pie recipes over the last few years, and connecting with fellow bakers.
This new website will be quite a deviation from Everyday Pie. While Everyday Family Eats is also a recipe-sharing website, this one will mainly be dedicated to easy dinner recipes that strike a few different boxes. There are several different reasons why a recipe might make an appearance here, but at the very least, a recipe must be:
- wholesome, hearty and comforting
- as easy-to-make as possible
- quick to put on the table
When possible, the motto here will be to keep it simple, while still keeping it delicious.
Why the Internet Needs Another Recipe Website
These days, almost any recipe you want is just a quick internet search away. Almost nothing that is created these days is new, especially in the cooking space. So why does the world need yet another recipe website? The answer is clear: each cook offers their own individual experiences that translate uniquely into the recipe that they create.
So that brings me to why I particularly have something to offer in the ultra-competitive dinner recipe world. For years, as a full-time working mother, I too have struggled with getting dinner on the table for my family of four. Even as a culinary professional, the age-old dilemma of what to serve for dinner still vexed me from time to time. I was constantly on the hunt for recipes that were quick and/or simple to make (not always the same thing), that appealed to my mildly picky eaters, and were "healthy-ish".
I often found that recipes that were deemed family-friendly would be just a little too out of the comfort zone for my own kids, or wouldn't actually be that easy to cook. So, instead of continuing to search for a recipe website that fit my exact needs, I decided to create one! This website is in part a bit selfish because I personally want to have truly easy and delicious recipes to serve for my family. However, I also know that these kinds of recipes will be loved by other busy families too.
My Professional Development Then and Now
If this is the first time your stumbling onto either of my websites, hi! I'm a 30-something mother of two living in Boston who has spent most of the last 12 years working in some capacity in the culinary world. I trained in the Boston restaurant industry, before moving on to focus on baking. After a few years baking professionally, my husband John and I started our family. A year and a half and two kids later, I was itching to get back into the industry, but I didn't quite know where I belonged.
I accidentally started a baking business out of my kitchen, selling fresh and hot pies to other local families in the Boston area. This was my first taste of starting something with my own hands, watching it grow, and lastly, accepting the idea that it wasn’t meant to be forever. However, without endings, we wouldn’t have beginnings. That experience lit up my entrepreneurial spirit, which was useful before finding my way over to the digital content side of the food world. I began working as a Food Editor and freelance recipe tester and developer and I knew right away this was something I wanted to do for the long haul.
To say it is a dream to be able to test and develop recipes in my kitchen for a living would be an understatement. However, just because I was creating recipes daily in my kitchen, doesn't mean that I always had a handle on how to juggle all the plates that come with full-time work and motherhood.
Over the years I've tried all types of different techniques for keeping my sanity when it comes to the task of feeding my family and feeding them well. Sometimes, those techniques last a long time and work well, but then life circumstances change; inevitably, all the cards come crashing down again, and it's time to reshuffle things and make new routines. But, it always comes back to the recipe! Do I have an easy and family-friendly recipe that will take the burden out of getting a healthy meal on the table everyone will eat?
That is the ultimate question I hope to answer with this website, Everyday Family Eats.
What You Can Expect on Everyday Family Eats
In the end, I want the recipes here to be just healthy and nutritious enough, quick and or easy to make, and comforting. They'll also cut down on unnecessary steps or techniques when possible. Because I've had culinary training, I know when it's worth it to go the extra mile or when it's better to skip a step and still get a pretty awesome dinner on the table.
The recipes will offer store-bought alternatives when possible, and will clearly indicate ways to make the easy recipes even easier. They'll be one-pot when possible, and will give just enough instruction to the reader, without getting too fussy about technique.
I’m excited to see how this website develops over time. I hope it is a resource for your family, just as it will be for mine.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what this new website is all about. I hope to see you here more often for many more years to come.