Hi There! Welcome to the Tailored Spoon! I am Karen, the Mom, cook, photographer, recipe taster, experimenter, and all-around Wonder Woman for the blog. I live in California with my IT Husband (no he is not the technical end of this blog) and two boys: one with special needs 15 & the other who is trying to figure his life out at 20. Joining the family last October is our Tuxedo cat, Anna. Since our youngest son has Autism the battle with eating and diet has been a challenge right from the start. I don’t think I will ever stop hearing about stringy cheese. It’s a texture thing. We try to keep him from eating Chicken Nuggets every meal! I also have interesting family roots from New England and I married into a Filipino family. I graduated college from with a degree Interior Design, but cooking and tinkering with recipes is much more fulfilling. It’s really all about the science of cooking and how I can prepare it for your palate.
My wish for years (okay a few decades) has been to write a cookbook, to have a gourmet kitchen and own every kitchen gadget known to man. The Genie has not emerged from the bottle yet and granted me those three wishes. Back when I was a teen I vividly remember attending cooking classes through our local electrical company and cooking with my Granny. Little did I know it that years later it would have such an impact on me.
Baking is therapy, breakfast is my favorite meal and I could eat desserts for breakfast. I am probably addicted to cheesecake. I enjoy Mexican, Asian, and Food from New England especially. I love fried clams, Fish Tacos, learning about Wine, Beer, where our food comes from and the science behind it. Also if I can’t find it on a grocery shelf I am determined to create it.
I love photography, especially food photography, but I also love a good nature or landscape! It allows me to be very creative. I love all things art related: painting, drawing, and being a bit DIY! I am one of those individuals who prefer most everything visual, but I love a good story.
I call myself a certifiable Geek. I love all things Marvel, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sci-fi Fantasy, and I would rather read cookbooks. Just a kid at heart I guess. Don’t be surprised if a few of my posts have a bit of nerdiness in them.
I am blind in one eye due to a childhood accident at 5 years of age, but I function just fine seeing out of only one. It has no effect on my daily activities! I have lived this way for 45 years, so no biggie. And you can do the math for my age. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
The Name Behind the Blog.
The Tailored Spoon. Recipes tailored to bring everyone together to the table. I believe food is the root of family, a sense of comfort and connections. Food is also a colorful mixture of various cultures and flavors. Spending time in the kitchen is a lost art. This time in our century, the way we eat food is changing all the time and it inspires me to cook then share it with the world! Cooking comes to mind when I spent as a girl with my Grandma in the kitchen. I used to spend weekends at her house, where she showed me the ropes of New England cooking and Baking. Those memories of what we cooked, what we ate and a few of her kitchen tools have stayed with me forever. Oh, the memories! When I was a young girl in college I had the opportunity to go to Europe for three weeks and visit 7 countries. Travel, my family, and my diet have been very influential in my quest for cooking.
I truly enjoy doing: baking, cooking, photography, culture, and history. That is how this Blog came to be. I never thought of myself as a food blogger, just a person who enjoys writing stories about food and photographing the process and end result! I am not a professional chef and I don’t play one on TV. But someday I would like to create recipe videos! Totally sounds fun 🙂
The Lost Art of Cooking.
I have always enjoyed cooking, but earlier in my life, I never seemed to find the time or take the time to cook. Or I should say find time to enjoy the Kitchen. Just in the last year, I have tweaked, tossed and searched for recipes that our family can eat together. In in the last six months, I was diagnosed with IBS. So it’s been gluten-free, dairy-free, and changing what all of us eat…gradually. I have learned about different aspects of nutrition and I find it interesting. But eating and cooking with real food is what I strive for. If can help others do the same? Yay for food blogs!
Finding Your Way around the Tailored Spoon.
It should be simple to find your way around the Tailored Spoon. I will add more content as time goes on and keep it simple. If you would love to try my recipes then, by all means, I would love to have you stick around. This is where food, culture, history and you all become friends. Feel free to comment, post or email me! If you have cooked any recipes, tag me on Instagram, hashtag #thetailoredspoon. I would love to see what you have cooked! Sharing is caring.