Whether it’s with one other person or fifty, gathering together is a part of what makes life worthwhile in my book. Gatherings are a part of my everyday joy because you can take a meal as simple as dinner with the family or a giant birthday party, and make incredibly special memories around food and drink.
That’s exactly how I was raised. Some of my favorite memories include brunches at my grandparents’ house to making dinner for my mom when she started a new job when I was a mere eight years old. All of my memories and everything I cherish can be brought back to these types of gatherings.
Do you ever taste a recipe and you are brought back to a specific memory because of whatever flavors are hitting your taste buds? Like when you bite into a soft chocolate chip cookie and you are brought right back to your grandmother’s table when you were 5 years old. Or when you taste your mother’s cooking at Thanksgiving and you are reminded of all those past Thanksgivings. It’s these moments that I cherish the most – those food memories that are more than just remembering the flavors. You remember who you were with. You remember the feeling you had when first experienced that taste.
To me, that’s just how those memories work, and it’s something that applies to everyone. Everyone has food memories that revolve around gathering at the dinner table with people you know and love.
If there’s one word I can narrow down Cake ’n Knife to, it would be gathering.
Here at Cake ’n Knife, you will find all three of those definitions in abundance, with real, down-to-earth yet adventurous, incredible food.
Cake ’n Knife is where I share winning, uncomplicated recipes that you can easily recreate at home, that you will want to share with others for those everyday gatherings we all cherish. Here you will discover new flavors and techniques, but most importantly, you will create great food to share with your loved ones, just like I do with mine.
In my kitchen, cooking jaw-dropping food isn’t about making it complicated.
It’s about approaching cooking in a way that doesn’t stress you out or demand ultimate perfection. Fresh ingredients, unique flavor combinations and a love for gathering friends and family together around the table are exactly what you will find here.
On Cake ’n Knife, you’ll also find out how to take the idea of gatherings global. All of my favorite experiences while traveling have been those when I would stumble upon others who I spend an hour or two with over food and drink, talking laughing and getting the best local recommendations. Even if you are traveling on your own, don’t you find yourself gathering in places where others are? The answer is YES. We experience travel so often with family and friends, whether we’re in our cities or abroad, and we experience that culture together through food. It’s a beautiful gateway to so many memories and experiences we can have with people as we gather together.
About The Lady Behind Cake ‘n Knife
Hi there! My name is Meghan and I am a food addict. That’s right, I’m a full-blown junkie. I can’t seem to kick the habit and to be honest, I really don’t want to. Therefore I cook. And bake. And eat. A lot.
I grew up in a family that cherished food. My grandmother and mother taught me everything they know about food, and I’ve carried those traditions into my kitchen. My grandmother was my very own Julia Child – she went to Le Cordon Bleu, mastered every complicated recipe, and had hands made of steel (which I did NOT inherit, as evidenced by the massive amounts of burn scars I bear). Her cooking was the best.
As a family, we would gather around the table in my grandparents’ dining room every Sunday for brunch, and it was this gathering that I would look forward to every week. The memories of cooking with my grandmother, doing dishes with my uncles and aunts, and playing games with my cousins are all cherished. The food that was served, the morning mimosas when I got old enough to drink, and the time spent with family are simple joys that mean the world to me.
I have to admit, I am not my grandmother. I wish I was, but in reality, I am impatient, ornery and I don’t like overly complicated recipes. Cooking shouldn’t be difficult unless you are trying to make it difficult. It took me a long time to reach this little “aha!” moment, but when it did, well, that’s about the time Cake ’n Knife came to be. Because life is all about gathering together around recipes that don’t make you pull your hair out while you are trying to prepare them, isn’t it?
If you want to know a little more about me….
- I live in Denver with the Man (aka my loving and adoring fiancé) and our dogs, Kya and Otis. Both are mutts, adorable, perfect, crazy and unbelievably strange most of the time.
- I lived in Rome for a semester in 2007 and that is where my love for cooking for others truly came to life. I experienced food in a way I never had before and boy did the Romans know how to find a reason to celebrate any little thing!
- Music is a must whenever I’m cooking (really at all times if I can manage it), which almost always leads to dance breaks in the kitchen.
- I have a cookbook obsession. I will grab anything and everything. It’s gotten a little out of control and I ran out of shelf space a long time ago. It’s a good thing I don’t live in London, or my house would be this book shop (p.s. if you ever go to or live in London, go there. It’s heaven).
- Guacamole is my favorite food, but don’t make me pick a favorite dessert. I inherited my grandfather’s sweet tooth (who looked like Santa by the way, seriously red nose and all!).
- The monthly Food & Wine or Bon Appetit magazine = me squealing with excitement and getting lost for hours in the pages.
- My best friend in my head is Alton Brown.
If you have a question about a recipe, it’s easiest to leave a comment on that recipe for me to respond to.
If you have other questions or just want to say hi, shoot me a note at meghan [at] cakenknife [dot] com.
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