So you want to know a little more about who’s cooking?
Well, let’s get started. We are a mother/daughter duo, however we have plenty of others who post from time to time, or work hard in the background.
Mom – I’m Nicole. I am a Writer. Recipe Developer. Blogger. Photography Junkie. Mother of 5+. Social Media Junkie. Crafter. DIY-er. Planner Addict. Frugal Gal. A Southern Girl at heart, living in the midewest, in the middle of suburbia but longing for a simple country life. With chickens. Lots of chickens. Slightly Crazed Mom of many and loving life!
Daughter – I’m Brielle. I am a writer. Blogger. Creative Heart. New Mom. Young Mom. Mother of 1 Super Sweet, Super Cute baby boy. I’m a DIY-er, gamer, pickle addict. I love coffee and donuts. I love cooking and baking and have been doing it with my mom since I was two.
Together we are the mother/daughter duo that make up Daily Dish Recipes. We live in the St. Louis area in a crazy household with 5 teenagers, an toddler or two, and a newborn. It is crazy, but it’s our crazy and we love it.
More About Nicole:
St. Louis Food Writing
I became a food writer in 2003, shortly after I moved back to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. I was already working as a freelance writer focusing on topics such as frugal living, parenting and local St. Louis life.
Naturally food plays an important role in all three of those topics, so eventually I found myself writing about food, and then St. Louis/Midwestern Cuisine. Anyone for a Gooey Butter Cake, Pork Steaks or Toasted Ravioli?
In 2004 I started a Frugal Living/Food blog to share my general love of food, recipes and family cooking, as well as to share tips on saving money on food, groceries, food preparation and kitchen products. Mostly because everyone in the world was looking for these same ideas. Plus, cooking from scratch is always cheaper and has many added benefits.
A year later, in 2005, Daily Dish Recipes was born and began on a free site (remnants of that site still exist) to keep my recipes and the frugal living separate as I expanded to other areas of Frugal Living. In 2009, I made the switch to my own domain and purchased www.dailydishrecipes.com and have been building this site ever since.
My style of cooking is simple, down home, feel good family food. I consider myself the Queen of Comfort Food. My recipes have not only a bit of Midwestern flair, but also a bit of a southern flair. My recipes come from a million different sources, sometimes its a family recipe, sometimes it’s something I got from a friend, sometimes I find a good pinterest recipe, I might scour my hundreds of cookbooks for something new and other times I don’t use any recipe at all, I just throw stuff together and call it a day. Recipes tend to take on a life of their own in my kitchen despite how they were originally written. My goal is to provide you with easy, made from scratch recipes so you can cook at home.
In 2006 I made the transition from cooking for 3 to cooking for 7. That was a pretty huge change. My food styles changed a little in that transition as I needed to explore recipes that 5 children who had different tastes would eat. One child is especially picky and has been challenging since the start. In fact, in 2006, she had never before eaten a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich or a Cheeseburger. She was 11 years old. Can you imagine? That changed quickly.
I set out to make family meals that everyone loved and would keep coming back for more. Admittedly many of my recipes are not traditionally “healthy”. I cook with butter and shortening, we eat bacon often, and we have few Meatless Monday’s, know what I mean? But it’s always made from scratch, with mostly all natural ingredients and I try to use local when I can. It’s all about moderation anyway.
Grow Your Own Healthy Food
However, with that said, we have an herb garden as well as growing lots of veggies and some fruit.
We grow Garlic, Onion, Chives, Parsley, Cilantro, Sweet Basil, Lemon Thyme, Lavender, Oregano, Zucchini, Several Varieties of Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Several Varieties of Squash, Two varieties of Eggplant, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Every color of peppers out there (green, orange, yellow, red, purple), jalapenos, banana peppers, Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes
There are plenty of dishes on my blog that utilize these vegetables and fruits, and we love them. Yes, even the picky eater who is now 21 and isn’t quite as picky anymore. There are plenty of healthy recipes found on this blog and I encourage you to modify any recipe that you can make healthier for your family – we do it too.
One of the key elements of my life is that all of my recipes have to be approved by hungry teenagers, a toddler or two and my picky love-of-my-life which is what continues to guide my recipe creation. Family friendly is the key word in my kitchen. My hope is that someday, the time the family has spent with me in the kitchen will be a tradition they want to carry on with their own families and children.
2016 Brings New Life
In 2016 many things have changed and we are only a few months in as of this writing. I have my first grandbaby, who lives with me and is such a gift and treasure. I love having them here and sharing their lives.
In addition, 2016 saw a bit of a change over here on Daily Dish. We are now a food and lifestyle blog focusing of course, still on recipes, but adding in DIY projects, beauty tips and ideas, organizational posts and so much more. The logo got a facelift and overall the feel of the blog changed a bit. There will be many more changes throughout 2016 as we navigate our new focus and learn from you all too. Thank you for riding this ride with us!
More About Brielle:
I am a young mom, a teen mom. I had my beautiful baby boy when I was just three weeks shy of 18. I am proud of being a young mom. It wasn’t on purpose but it was never an accident or a mistake. I have the love and support of my entire family who stood behind me and my fiance as we made the transition into parenthood. I couldn’t be more grateful for Carsyn or his place in my life.
I have been cooking and baking beside my mother since I was two years old and she put me in my first apron. I have a wide variety of foods that I love. Brussels sprouts, lima beans and sushi to name just a few, but the list is long. Unlike most teenagers, I’d choose a fruit or vegetable over a slice of pizza any day of the week.
I find baking to be a lot of fun. I am naturally creative, so I’m pretty good at decorating my baked goods, which I find so therapeutic and fun.
Carsyn is only a month old, but in only a few short months, we will begin making his baby food. I am so excited about that, because I want him to have a wide variety of foods he loves too.
While most of my food and recipe development is self taught, I have taken several culinary classes