Cooking With Mel

Because Life is Complicated Enough

Welcome, welcome, welcome! I am glad you are stopping by, whether it is for the first time or somewhere among the dozens of times. If this is your first time, puruse the site. I have more than just food to offer. I hope you find something you are looking for!

Having spent the majority of my life in school - from college, to graduate school and law school I decided to take a lower key type of approach to life by experimenting with food. What I realized is that cooking is sometimes as hard as law school, but can be as easy as talking to your best friend [weird analogy, I know... just go with it!].

Originally I am from the great state of Pennsylvania but recently relocated thousands of miles away. However, I did not travel on my own; I traveled the distance with two of the most important men in my life, my boyfriend Nick [pictured above] and our puppy Pippy. I could not imagine having done it without them.

I was never really a cook; I never had to be. But when I found myself having my first real apartment, I needed to make something to survive. While I routinely escaped the cooking responsibility with easy meals like eggs or eating out, I knew I had to make a slight change when the three of us made our great pilgrimage into  adulthoods unknown.

Currently, I'm in a career purgatory, to say the least, and I have decided this is a great opportunity to dedicate as much time as I can to cooking and experimenting with food. While I have embraced recipes that I find delicious and have encountered before, my hope is that in the near future I will begin to expand my pallet and experiment with the not-so-familiar dishes that are more difficult and complex!

Currently, I am in the process of trying to better develop the link "Because Life is Complicated Enough..." It is the link farthest to the right. BLCE is a special project that goes beyond food to incorporate life's little lessons, struggles with everything and anything and my feelings about politics, life, love and so much more. While I am not here to make you feel the same way I feel or preach to you from afar, I do believe that part of my blog can transcend food and encourage people to communicate about their personal struggles in life and love and beyond. I think it is important that we all share life's lessons, trials and triumphs, bad times and good times. We all experience these things and maybe we can help somebody who is struggling with something similar. It's important to know that our struggles don't have to be isolated, nor do our triumphs! So share, communicate, talk or email me. I would love to feature your story on that part of my blog. Don't be shy, we can all relate in some way!

While I realize I am on my own personal journey in life, I hope you can all plug into my blog and find something you enjoy. Please do not hesitate to suggest your favorite recipes or dishes you want me to test out for you first! I am up for almost anything and it is my hope that you all come along for my personal pilgrimage in life and food.

Delicious Wishes,