As long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed being in the kitchen. As a kid, I would make tuna melts from my Minnie Mouse cookbook and cover the kitchen in flour when I made cookies.  Over the years some things have changed (I no longer have the Minnie Mouse cookbook), and some things haven’t. (I still possess an uncanny ability to completely dust the entire kitchen in flour or powdered sugar while baking.)

Along the way, I’ve had some epic failures (the batch of chili-mac that Andy dubbed “slop”) and some great successes (roasting a whole turkey and making a tasty risotto). I’m learning more and more as I go and have a whole list of things I still need to tackle. I love to share what I cook and bake with people I love, and I’d like to think that blogging about my adventures will help me do so.

So why the “blue plate” special?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved Fiesta. (I think it goes back to the American Girl books I read as a kid. Molly was my favorite, and history sections at the back of one of the books introduced me to Fiesta.) The bold colors and the simple design appealed to me. When Andy and I got married, I knew exactly what dinnerware I wanted. But which color? Heather? Turquoise? Sunflower? We finally agreed on a color: cobalt blue.

And the rest is history.


12 responses to “About

  1. Bonnie

    May 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Beth I really enjoy you blue plate special keep it coming. Love Grandma Baldwin

    • Beth

      May 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks!! I’m trying to write more often!

  2. Cathy

    July 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Do you have any idea how I can get your recipes in a printable format? The blog format doesn’t quite work but you have some great recipes here.

    • Beth

      July 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Most of my newer recipes should have a link at the bottom of each post, which will open a Google document copy of the recipe that you can print out. The older recipes don’t have that feature, and I haven’t gotten around to upgrading that yet… hope that helps!

  3. Cathy

    July 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks, Beth. I did eventually find links on some but I must have been especially interested in older recipes-I think zucchini fritters, cabbage and bacon salad and cheese straws. I could be making that up and you might have those printable-I’m going off the top of my head which can be unreliable at best but I do know there were some. I’ll improvise. Thanks for sharing yummy ideas.

    • Beth

      July 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      You’re right; those might not be printable. Maybe someday I’ll get them updated! For now, I’d suggest copying the text and pasting it to a Google document to print it.

  4. Jennifet

    November 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    HI Beth,
    Thank you so much for the delicious cookies!! My husband and I are fighting over them, so your gift is a success!! I will come back and leave a comment on your cookie swap post, but wanted you to know that your wonderful cookies arrived and are being enjoyed. 🙂

    Thank you!!

    Ps I love your writing and your blog. You are a gifted story teller!

    • Beth

      November 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!! And thanks!! 🙂

  5. Charlene Anevicius

    May 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Beth! I see some recipes with cast iron. Do you use the preseasoned cast iron? If so, does it work well? Have you ever used your cast iron over a campfire?

    • Beth

      May 31, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Hi! I have 2 cast iron skillets (10″ and 12″ Lodges), and I think they came preseasoned, although I think the seasoning has improved over the years as I’ve used them. I’ve never taken them camping though! I bet they would work over the fire. Cast iron is supposed to be indestructible, right?

      • Charlene Anevicius

        May 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

        Thanks Beth. I need to look into getting a few!

      • Beth

        May 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        They are one of my favorite kitchen tools!


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