Hi, I’m Kevin and I live in Minneapolis. I’m a father, a business professional, and I have amazing family and friends. I’m also a foodie, and I love to cook. I love the adventure of a new recipe, the sight of fresh ingredients, and the smell of something sweet in the oven. But mostly I love how meals bring the people I care about together, and how a new recipe can become a long-living family tradition.

 I grew up in northern Minnesota in a large family of ten kids. My mother could always make magic happen from an empty refrigerator and shelves full of home-canned vegetables and fruit. She kept us all well fed and treated us to special dishes that years later are still among my favorites. Her influence is with me in the kitchen to this day – in the way I cook traditional dishes and how I sometimes improvise, adding or exchanging ingredients, just because…

 This blog is my way to share my love of cooking, baking, and canning with others. It’s a place to share recipes, new kitchen gadgets, offer up tips, and discuss the favorites we remember from childhood. I look forward to reader comments, ideas and tidbits. Because food is like pictures; both create memories that last forever.