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Brandie Kajino, Spoon And Saucer

Welcome to Spoon & Saucer! This site is about drawing attention to delicious real food, and the importance of knowing how to cook from scratch. It should be fun, and tasty!

This site is also about living a good life, and making a difference. This starts at the table – the stories we share, the memories we make, and the meaning we bring to it all. Friendships, family and the impression we leave on others. This is the good life, with a little humor thrown in for good measure.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find here.

What Is “Real Food”?

It’s what Spoon and Saucer is all about. They are the things your grandmother would recognize: berries, homemade vanilla extract or roasted sweet potatoes. Real food, real delicious, real simple. No really.

Why Cook At Home?

A lot of what goes on around here has to do with cooking at home. Here I give you my top reasons why everyone should consider cooking at home. Convinced yet?

Simple Recipes

I’ve written, tried or dreamed about. Some of them are adapted from books, some I’ve had in my clutches for a while, and still others that came straight out of my noggin. My goal is to always keep it simple. Or cater to my inner couch potato. Whatever.

Gluten Free Recipes:

Whether by choice or necessity, real gluten-free food is easier than you think. Here are some recipes to help.

Inspiration

 When watching an artisan work, adventures while eating out, drinking coffee with a friend, eating someone’s delicious homemade dish, and visiting local markets. Doing a good deed while no one is watching. This is where I find inspiration, and what makes my heart sing. Or laugh. Or foodgasm.

How To

 Sometimes you just need the basics. I want people to know how to make dried bread cubes, before such skills become a lost art. It’s easier than you think.

Fab Finds

These are useful (and fun!) things I find I couldn’t possibly keep to myself.

Kitchen Tools

There’s nothing quite like the right tool. I’m sharing some of my favorites… some you can hold in your hand, and others you can keep in a notebook.

You’ll also find some sarcasm. Often.

What do you use to shoot those stunningly mediocre pictures?

My trusty iPhone. One day I will have a “big girl” camera. As of June 2013, I started using a DSLR, which I purchased from a food blogger friend. It’s been so fun playing with it, but I still use my iPhone for certain things. Cuz I can.

What kind of schooling do you have?

I’m not a chef, and I don’t claim to be one. I’m a food nerd, and I love to eat, therefore, I love to cook. Everything I know about cooking is from family, friends, dining out, over a decade of obsessively watching all kinds of food programming on TV, and LOTS of mistakes. Ask my husband about the blue cheese pasta (I STILL gag at the mere mention of it.) I also read. A LOT.

What are your favorite cookbooks or kitchen gadgets?

Anything by Ina Garten and a smattering of shiny objects I overwork in my kitchen. You’re welcome to check out my Amazon store for more specifics.

Is this your full-time job? 

If by “full-time job” you mean spending 40 hours a week in a cubicle, well, no. I go to sleep thinking about it, and generally wake up thinking about what I’ll make for breakfast. It’s an obsession for good food, conversation, and the things that happen around the table and home. It follows me everywhere, and I can’t turn it off. It really should pay better.

Do you follow any special diet? 

Like most people, over the years I have tried many things. These days, I stick with eating gluten-free and mostly plant-based foods. I eat just enough, and only the good stuff (mostly… I’m no food angel.)

Do you have some strong feelings about food?

Um, yes. I have a food blog. I also am increasingly annoyed by “food like substances” (read this book to learn more about what I mean) people consider to be food. They aren’t.

Have you found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe yet?

No, but I’m getting dangerously close.

What’s with the ads?

Believe it or not, maintaining a site takes cashola. Hosting, themes, time spent, supplies, chocolate, coffee, travel, and other such necessities. This is my business, which I happily enjoy, and don’t do for free. You’ll see ads on this site, which help support the work I do here. You can click on any ads that interest you, which helps a bit as well. Totally your call.

I love this stuff! How can I support this site?

Why thank you! I’m so happy to know you find value here. I pour my heart into this gig, and it makes me smile when people get something out of it. *Cue contented sigh and happy heart*

If you like what I do here, and wish it to continue, you can click here to make Amazon purchases through this site, or shop My Favorite Things Shop. You may also notice links here and there which link to products I recommend, which go to Amazon. All of this helps, and I thank you.

Buy my book. Someday.

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