Hey there 🙂

Welcome to my kitchen.

As someone who attended a Le Cordon Bleu school and worked in commercial kitchens for several years, I’m definitely not someone who’s intimidated by food. At the end of 2014 I did, however, realize that cooking wasn’t something that would make me happy as a career in the long run. Facing burnout and jaded by the industry, I took a bit of hiatus from cooking for nearly a year until I started making dinners for my boyfriend in his apartment on the weekends – it’s still my love language. In 2016 we moved in together and by the time winter came around I found myself commuting an average of 4 hours a day to my job in an insurance office, which made the average workday about 12 hours long… But my love of cooking (and food) had revived. I began to see dinner as a challenge: How quickly could I make something nutritious without sacrificing flavor? After a lot of trial and error, I sharpened my rusty skills, learned how to work smarter in my kitchen, and found a simple meal planning system that worked.

I’m not driving that far anymore, but I’ve kept the system in place. I shortcut a lot of traditional methods, and not everything I make is the healthiest version, but I’d like to think I’ve finally found balance. Recently, a very dear friend happened to see a weekly menu in my bullet journal and asked for a little help and a lot of coaching. I don’t pretend to know everything about anything, but if I can help someone else, too, so much the better.

Besides, I’ve been searching for a bit of inspiration to be a better (more consistent) blogger and a searchable bank of recipes would be pretty nice, so here we are. I chose the kitchen sink idea because I have recipes that I refer to in my head as “the kitchen sink version” because they’re great for when you need to use up a bunch of ingredients without compromising the flavor. Plus that’s where I eat when I’m home by myself, haha. It’s my meeting place with myself, and my little windowsill garden.

I’ll be working on tweaking the site for a bit so don’t be surprised if things move around a little. If you have any suggestions, tips, tricks, ideas, questions, or just want to say hello – please do! There’s a contact form in the menu bar, or you can just tweet me @atkitchensink.

You can also find me on my personal blog here – Thanks for stopping by!