Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Cooking Story

Hi! Welcome to my blog, Braumeister's Wife. My name is Rachel and I love food and cooking. My approach to food is rooted in a desire to be healthy, with a creative streak!

My blog was so named because when I had just started taking pictures of food, my husband was starting to brew a lot of beer. It was such a fun time for us, making beer and good food, that he jokingly said, "Why don't you call your blog 'The Braumeister's Wife?'" Braumeister meaning "Brew master." I loved it because the process of making beer is so scientific and precise, accompanied by the best smells, and of course the product you have after a long endurance of waiting. I also loved connecting myself to my husband, because he's most definitely involved in this food blog thing. He assists with creating recipes, taking photos, and eating the food too. He's the best.

I started cooking back in 2007. I didn't have much experience (besides breakfast food and grilled cheese). When the desire came to learn how to cook and cook well, it overtook me. I became obsessed with learning as much as I could. I took it up in college when I was eating highly processed food and not feeling that great because of it. My beginnings were rocky, but we all have to start somewhere. I followed recipes to a tee at first and didn't want to veer from the original author's intent. I thought of it as my cooking school, to learn what people expected from their recipes and what certain flavor combinations were most popular recipe to recipe. People kept giving me flak for not being able to veer from a recipe with my own twist. But, I finally got to the point of being able to get more creative, and I was really grateful for those couple years of precise diligence.

Besides my personal "cooking school," I also pursued a professional education in the Culinary Arts. I had been accepted to two culinary schools, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, as well as Arizona Culinary Institute. Both times I withdrew, changing my mind to pursue a traditional degree.

Aside from cooking, I do art. I design things. I am a geology nerd. I like learning about photography (way more to learn, but always happy to). I love my family and friends. I like studying Japanese culture. I would love to live there one day if I could. I live by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. I'm a person who loves other people, who seeks joy, and wants to see beauty in the things around me.

I hope through following me you'll be inspired too! Let's start cooking, and with joy, let's see what we can learn together. Let's make good food for our healthy tummies as well as for the joy of others around us. Happy cooking!

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