I'm a 30 year-old Spanish teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. That has little to nothing to do with this blog, its just an interesting fact, and explains the random Spanish words and factoids that may appear every once in a while. I was brought up in a household where dinner as a family was a huge part of every evening. My mom grocery shopped and cooked nearly every night, and if she didn't, dinner was always something great. I've continued this tradition by cooking dinner for myself and husband nearly nightly. Sometimes, there are written recipes, and sometimes, I make them up...usually the latter! I'll do my best to put what I cook in recipe form!
I believe that cooking should be something that someone truly enjoys. I think that when someone cooks out of necessity rather than desire, the food does not come out nearly as well as it would if it was an act of love. I cook my meals with true thought about what would taste good, be interesting, and be an enjoyable experience. Food that doesn't taste good isn't worth the calorie intake, nor is it worth the effort of even eating the meal.

โ€œCooking is like making love, you do it well, or you do not do it at allโ€

- Harriet Van Horne

38 Responses to About

  1. nancy says:

    Hi Mara:
    Great blog! Your dinner sounds wonderful. When I roast my brussel sprouts I buy the big fat ones, cut them in half, spray with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, then roast at 400 for about 10 minutes. I love them!!

    Happy day,
    your fellow WW shoe wench!

  2. Joy says:

    Hi Mara,
    Well, I have to go eat something because your blog made me hungry….haven’t had breakfast yet.
    I enjoyed your blog. The wedding foods sounded fabulous, can’t wait to hear about the cakes.

    Good eating, CORE style,

  3. Erin says:

    Yay! What a fabulous blog! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the recipe for the butternut squash butter. IT’S FANTASTIC. http://wholefoodswholeme.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/bsi-butternut-squash-innovation/

  4. Jo says:

    hey! Nice blog ๐Ÿ™‚ so nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. coco says:

    Tu nombre es Mara? wooooooo…….. es el nombe de mi mejor amiga tambien!!!
    Me alegro que nos hemos encontrado en el mundo de blog.

  6. Amy says:

    Hi! You have to start sending me a note when you start a new blog, because I am waaayyy behind. Didn’t even know you had a wedding website!! (Yes, I know, I never have time to devote to Facebook surfing). Anyways, this site is a lot of fun! I will probably make that white chili sometime soon (I am not much of a cook and only try things I know will be good).

  7. tangstein says:

    Hi – thanks for the link! I’ve been getting to your blog via tag surfer off and on and have always enjoyed it. I love your “cook and eat at home” approach – it’s a huge part of our family life, too. Since you’re in Chicago area, you should check out Cook from Scratch (http://www.cookfromscratch.com) – great cooking classes in your area!

  8. Hi Mara, thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your blog is great and I can’t wait to read more!

  9. Jackie says:

    Mara- Just checked out your blog. Love it!!

  10. Lara says:

    Hi Mara!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog–it lead me to yours and I think it’s great! I also grew up with big dinners so I am _constantly_ asking myself, “What’s for dinner?” You have some great ideas on here. Can’t wait to read more!

  11. cassandra says:

    I just found your blog, great eats! I love the concept, I too am aiming for a goal weight!!! Good luck with everything!

  12. Terri says:

    I love your website and plan on trying some of your recipes. I’d like to learn how to make one of these websites!

  13. Grant Hodges says:

    I just found your site by reading the WW filling foods site. I am always on the look for new ideas. Thanks.

  14. Hi there again!!! I’m so excited but I just realized you’re not on my blogroll (uNacceptable!) and just wanted to let u know you’re TOTALLY going on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Matt says:

    Hey Mara! Awesome blog! I am gonna have to try some of these recipes!

    Do you think you could help me with my header? My blog is http://runliveandenjoy.wordpress.com

  16. Monica says:

    hi mara ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for commenting on my blog! you are adorable and i can’t wait to keep reading your blog!

  17. Matt says:

    I think I want like a collage sort of thing with running on one side, cooking on one side, and sort of like a transition in the middle with my blog title… Do you know what I mean? Do you have an email we can talk through?

  18. Peggy & Kasey says:

    We love your website!!!! We are going to be on the lookout for “Cute food” to send to you. Move over Rachel Ray

  19. Khara says:

    Good Afternoon!

    My name is Khara and I work for Cookware.com, part of CSNStores.com. I am interested in creating a partnership with your site. I would like to talk to you about an opportunity that I believe would be mutually beneficial.

    Thank you for your time, and I look forward to continuing our conversation.


  20. Violeta says:

    I just found your blog and am so excited to try some of your recipes. Keep up the great work!
    Also, I’ve added you to my blogroll, hope that’s okay!

  21. I didn’t know you were a Spanish teaher! That’s my major– I loooove everything about Spanish ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Janis says:

    Hi Mara,
    Saw your recipe for pork tenderloin. Can’t wait to make it. II’ll buy pork tenderloin this weekend and make it next week, sounds easy. I’m also from the suburbs of Chicago – isn’t this weather wonderful. We’ve waited a long time for it.

  23. Peggy & Kasey says:

    Those apples are amazing! I wonder what they taste like??? Thanks for the pics!!! The dog cupcakes are adorable! P&K

  24. Cindi says:

    Hey Doll!! I just love your blog and thought I’d let you know ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re fantastic and I miss you!

  25. Victoria says:

    Hi Mara! It was great to meet you last weekend. Thanks for telling me about your site!

  26. Penny says:

    I just came across your site and I LOVE it. Definitely one of my new faves. Very nice work.

  27. What an impressive woman you are! I applaud and congratulate you, on being you! The site definitely speaks to me. You have done a great job voicing yourself. I cant wait to learn more about your adventures.

  28. Larissa says:

    chi town! awesome… i hope you are a cubs fan.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. Jessica Lee says:

    yay chicago ๐Ÿ™‚

    i just looked through some of your recipes. i like that everything is actually do-able for most people. your food pics looks really good too!

  31. Autumn says:

    Love your blog! I’ve used some of your recipes and they are great! I hope it’s okay if I add you to my blog roll!

  32. annie says:

    I wish I had more family dinners growing up. It is so fun to cook together and enjoy a nice meal! I’m slowly getting into cooking for myself and my boyfriend. Between food costs and school schedules it can be tough. Your blog is really inspiring me to try new things out!

  33. Rachael says:

    Hey Mara! I just found your blog on Twitter and I can’t wait to read more. I’m a Spanish teacher too! Maybe we’re blog soul mates ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Jeanette says:

    I loved reading about your hobby and perusing your recipe! I will make a big pot of chili this weekend using your recipe. You have a great interest and talent. This was a surprise to me as I haven’t heard you spread the word at school

  35. Roz says:

    Hi Mara,
    I recently found your blog, and love it. Your photos are FANTASTIC!!!! I’m a FGIT too, and over time, I hope my blog is as good a read as your is. Thanks!!!

  36. thesaucedude says:

    Mara, love your blog; enjoy your tweets.
    By the way, my daughter teaches Spanish in Philly and also loves good food.
    Good cooking!

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