Hi! Welcome to Cooking for Keeps! I’m Nicole — longtime cook and foodie; novice photographer and blogger. This little space here on the internet is all about sharing the recipes I make at home with friends, family, and anyone else who enjoys food as much as I do. Ninety-nine percent of the recipes you’ll see here are my own creations, but occasionally I adapt recipes I’ve found along the way – and of course there are the tried and true no-fail recipes that I’ve come to love over the years that require no alterations whatsoever. My photography is definitely a work in progress but I’m learning more every day and actually think that maybe there’s hope for me yet – I hope you stick around to find out!
My love of cooking started at a very early age, before the Food Network was the Food Network, before the term “foodie” became prevalent, and before cooking became something that most people actually enjoy. I can remember making my first culinary creations in my Barbie Bake Oven with my friend Meghan at the of seven, making elaborate dishes at all my parents dinner parties around the age of ten, cooking gourmet dinners for friends when I was 14, and throwing my first full on Thanksgiving dinner for friends at the age of 20. I always thought that I would become a professional chef and my dream was to go to business school followed by culinary school and work my way up the culinary ladder. I got the business degree but stopped short of the culinary degree since I quickly realized as I got older that the restaurant life isn’t for me. I cherish my nights and weekends with friends and family, so now cooking is a wonderful hobby and passion of mine that led me to this point.
I hope you’ll continue along with me for the ride – it’s going to be a good one!