Hi! I’m Laura and welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you’re here!
My love affair with cooking and food began many, many years ago. I grew up in a family that was obsessed with food, it was what brought us together and made us tick. We were the type of family that would sit down for a family meal almost every night each week, and discuss lunch and dinner plans at breakfast. Food was serious business in my household.
Trying new ingredients, experiencing different cuisines, and experimenting in the kitchen excite me more than anything else. I grew up cooking with my mom, grandmothers, and sisters in the kitchen. Cooking inspires me, challenges me, and makes me happy.
I always knew that cooking would be a large part of my everyday life, but little did I know just how big a role it would play until I made the life-altering (oh so dramatic, but oh so true!) decision to attend culinary school and pursue a career in the food industry.
Attending culinary school was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life, and I’m so happy I was able to chronicle my experience! After finishing culinary school, I worked as a line cook at an award-winning restaurant in Washington, DC before transitioning to managing marketing and communications for a national fine foods distributor. During my time there, I designed and created marketing catalogs, as well as photographed and styled commercial photo shoots in our in-house test kitchen.
In August of 2014, I took the plunge and quit my full-time job to pursue blogging, freelance recipe development, and food photography. It is terrifying and thrilling at the same time. I currently live in
Washington, DC Chicago, Illinois with my fiance husband and main taste-tester, Connor, and extremely neurotic (but lovable) rescue cat, Max.
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Most importantly, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit this site! It means the world to me, and I wouldn’t be here without you. BIG hugs.
My Cooking Philosophy:
I love creating fresh, seasonally-inspired meals that showcase quality ingredients in a unique, yet approachable way!
Since I love to cook and eat anything and everything, you’ll find recipes from all ends of the spectrum: indulgent desserts and pastries, healthier and lighter dishes, pastas, comforting soups and stews, breakfasts, drinks, and side dishes. Everyday eats, if you will.
One of my favorite things to do is take a classic dish and put a creative spin on it, like these dark chocolate and passion fruit marshmallow s’mores or these fried cauliflower steaks. The vast majority of the recipes shared on this site are elegant, yet simple and for the most part, time-friendly. However, I definitely like to go overboard and share the special occasion ones every now and then! This site truly is a depiction of how I eat and the things I love.
My biggest source of inspiration for recipes and ideas is my family, restaurant meals, visits to the farmer’s market, food magazines, cookbooks, blogs (of course!), and traveling. I literally come up with recipe ideas at the strangest times and places (in my dreams, at the gym, in the shower, you name it)!
Most of the recipes you see on the site are my own, unless otherwise noted in the recipe. I try to test all recipes at least once (if not multiple times!) and would never share anything that I didn’t try or eat myself. If you’ve made or tried one of my recipes, I love any and all feedback–so please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!
P.S. If you want to get a sneak peek at where I cook and make recipes all day, check out this kitchen tour post.
Why Culinary School?:
After graduating from college and starting on the path to attend graduate school, I decided to get a part-time job working as a baker and decorator for a popular food truck in the Washington, DC area. I told myself that I was merely fulfilling a mini-dream to work in the food industry before embarking on the long journey awaiting me in grad school.
Two weeks later, I became the lead baker and was soon whipping up and decorating between 20-50 dozen cupcakes and other baked goods daily. It was an amazing learning experience and I definitely have a few burns and scars to prove it (like that one time I got a pastry tip stuck on my finger)!
For the first time ever, I was actually looking forward to work. I loved working with my hands, being busy all the time, and doing something where I could finally put my creativity and love of food to use. After going back and forth, I eventually decided to take the plunge and enroll in culinary school.
Getting Around the Site:
- I love to hear from you! If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to contact me using this form, or send me an email directly at bloggingoverthyme [AT] gmail [DOT] com. You can also reach out to me via social media!
- If you are looking or browsing for a specific recipe, check out my visual recipe archive!
- If you have a general question, feel free to check the FAQ page.
- Have a specific question about a recipe? Please leave a comment on the original post, as I’ll get a notification right away and will try to respond as soon as possible (you will get a reply notification in your email!).
- For more posts related to culinary school, visit this page!
- If you’re curious, my press page shows where some of my recipes and work have been featured.
- Want to work with me? I’m thrilled to hear that! Please send me an email directly at bloggingoverthyme [AT] gmail [DOT] com, and I’d love to discuss your project in more detail with you.