Meet the Cook!

Hi, I’m Elly, the recipe critic.

Do you ever ask yourself what’s for dinner? I do. Everyday. And with a million recipes out there which one should you choose? Then you end up making something that looked amazing in the pictures but it looks and tastes like nothing you envisioned. Well on this blog I will tell you about my successes and the misses. What you should hurry up and make and what you should stay away from 🙂

If you have any questions feel free to contact me @

All of the recipes that you will find here are either my own or from one of my favorite cookbooks, magazines, or other food blogs 🙂

Thanks for reading,




  1. Good luck with your new venture…your recipes look scrumptious!…I’ll have to try some of them…I’m always up for something new…love cooking…love eating!
    I’m so very happy my son found a woman who can cook!…of course, I know he enjoys being in the kitchen as well…so…”happy cooking” daughter (in-law)…~Love You~

  2. Good luck with the blog! Also thank you for reading and the “Like” of my post.

  3. You are so pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am just learning how to cook, so I’ll be stopping by here more often!

  4. Eeep! You’re food blog is going to kill me!! I’ll have to try these recipes once I am in maintenance!

  5. Hi, thanks for reading “Comforting Pork Cutlets,” appreciate the “like” as well. Pretty new to the whole blog thing, still getting our feet wet so when someone stops by we get excited. Thanks again, we’ll keep track of what you’re up to in your kitchen too!!

  6. Thank you for reading and the “Like” of my post.

  7. Cheers for liking my post! :O) I’m now following your blog and look forward to your updates! @Chaoskay

  8. Thank you for reading and following my blog!

  9. thanks for the “Like” elly! looking forward to see what kinds of food you write about here on your blog! I’m always looking for inspiration. 🙂

  10. Hey Elly,
    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, Play a Good Knife and Fork ( and your “like” of my post on science. Hope you return to read Part II today, soon to be posted. And do poke around the rest of my site, since I, too, have a big sweet tooth… ! 🙂 … but maybe some of my recipes will also stimulate a greater love of veggies! 😉

  11. Thanx for paying a visit to Foods For a Happy Body! We are so glad you stopped by. We’ve looked over your site and you are now a link on our blog! Best of luck and Keep Doing What You Are Doing! It just makes people Happy and Healthy!!


  12. Hi Elly thank you for stopping by Your “like” is really appreciated…Reading your bio and looking trough your blog I can see that you are really passionate about food and your family. We seem to have a lot in common. Keep up the great work…Hershey

  13. Thx for Sharing!!!

  14. Hi Elly, thanks for stopping by Midlifedreaming. I hope you’ll try my Swedish pea soup, it’s not chocolate, but it’s really good! I might just have to try your Bailey’s cookies, they sound yummy!

  15. What a fun blog! I love that you call your hubby Mr. Picky! Mine’s the same way. He won’t eat fish, unless it has a cream sauce, won’t eat soup, unless it’s cream of something, won’t eat salad even! BUT he has just discovered JUICING vegetables and loves it! So every two days we’re juicing spinach, cucumber, carrot, celery and parsley. After we toast, he says, “I just ate three spinach salads. YESSSS.” Give it a try!

  16. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  17. Thanks for the *like* for the chocolate brownie post!

  18. originalapplejunkie says:

    Awesome blog 🙂
    I love to experiment with food and just love to cook in general..and I try and maintain and have control over portion sizes..but sometimes its just sooo good..
    I’ll be looking forward to upcoming posts 🙂

  19. I think you deserve an award today! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find out the details here: or click over to my site to learn about it.
    Most of all, thank you for being a lovely writer! I have really enjoyed reading about your foodie adventures.

  20. Elly, you are an amazing writer especially since you are so new to the language. Keep blogging!

  21. Hi Elly, I have been enjoying your blog so I have nominated you for an award. Come check it out! Donna

  22. astudentinlondon says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you liked the chicken date recipe! must admit I enjoy your ways to secrete vegetables in dishes (especially sweet potato) 🙂

  23. angelasommers says:

    Thanks for coming to my blog! I loved reading about you and have started to explore your recipes – mmmmmmhhhh! I myself come from Austria, so I know what it’s like to come to a new country and start all over again – but best thing I ever did!

    Good luck with everything!

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can’t wait to read more of yours. Cheers 🙂

  25. Mary Ann says:

    Glad you liked the strawberries! I always enjoy your posts. You are doing a great job!

  26. Hi there. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Blog award. Here’s the link:

  27. rosemcom says:

    Hi Elly! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for liking my “Let the Buyer Beware” post in my “Delightful Local Repast” blog. Love your blog…great content, lovely photos! Cheers, Rose

  28. Hi, We love following your blog and we have just awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. If you would like to accept this award, please follow this link to our site for the details. Happy Blogging!!

  29. Just wanted to say a belated thank you for checking out my blog and liking the Reese Cup Brownies. This recipe is great with any kind of candy bar and any kind of nuts or chips. I hope you try it sometime and let me know what you think.

  30. Hey! I love your blog so much I nominated it for the Beautiful Blogger Award! Your blog has better pictures of food than some magazines! You can check it out here,

  31. Thanks for visiting The He Said She Said Experience and liking our post about Edibles Incredible!

  32. Hello, I really like your blog and I have nominated you for an Illuminating Blogger Award. Here are the details:

  33. frogoffthewall says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog!!! ‘m gonna try your apple pie recipe soon!!! looks yumm!!

  34. Thanks for liking my blog. If you happen to try this recipe, I would love to know how it turned out for you 🙂
    Great to see another food blogger out there! you have excellent looking recipes. 🙂

  35. Thanks for liking my Baked Turkey Cutlet Parmesan. It’s a very versatile recipe you can use with turkey cutlets, boneless chicken breasts, pork chops, fish, even vegetables! Hope you try it out and enjoy it!

  36. Thanks for following my blog. Your recipe pictures look amazing.

  37. Your blog is one of my favourites, and I’ve nominated it for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”

  38. Hi Elly,
    Thanks for checking out my Chiken-Pot-Pie Pasta blog! I look forward to reading your blogs. Congrats on you and your husband being married three years. My wife and I have been married for just over two now. She is the cook and the recipe I just posted is one that she found. It is one of my goals to become more confident in the kitchen! I do know one Chicken and Rice recipe which I cooked for my wife on our second date! Great to meet you!

  39. Ooops! I misread that, congrats on being married for a year! Sorry about that!

    • Actually we just celebrated our 2nd anniversary last thursday so I should probably update that 🙂 Back when we first started dating though I wasn’t much of a cook so through lots of trial and error Im now much more confident so dont worry you’ll get there 🙂

  40. Hi Elly, thanks for checking out my Recipe for Tomatoes That Don’t Suck. I’ll be making your ham and potato soup. I too can’t wait for some cooler weather here in So Cal. Cheers, Dennis

  41. I’ve nominated you for the “7×7 Link Award.” Congratulations!

  42. You have a great blog and thanks for checking out my blog. Hope you enjoyed it and come back soon!

  43. Hi! You have been nominated for an award! Come check it out!

  44. Hey, Elly, Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year Award 2012. If you are interested in participating you can access your badge icon and rules at I hope you will participate! Teresa

  45. Thanks for visiting my blog and my new apron! Very excited I found your blog and can now follow your baking adventures! I love finding another self-taught cook that absolutely LOVES food.


  46. Thanks for your kind comments, your recipes look tasty.
    I’ll let you know if we ever open a Vegas store!

  47. I am hungry :((. Your blog is delicious!!!! will eat it. nom…nom…nom…

  48. maggieonthemove says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog! yours looks great! xo

  49. I can’t say enough about your fabulously scrumptious blog. I especially enjoyed the enchiladas’s recipe. Ev’ry one of those photos had me salivating over here. And too, CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage and future in cooking.

  50. Hi Elly! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! That always makes my day 🙂 I can’t wait to look through your yummy recipes some more!


  51. I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

  52. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “Skinny for Life.” I see that we share a lot of the same favorite passions. I love bacon! LOL I see you liked stuffed chicken. Maybe I’ll put a recipe up just for you. Keep posting…you’re great!

  53. Hey!!!! I’m awarding you with the Versatile Blogger award! You can check it out on my page 🙂 Congrats!!!

  54. Hi, thanks for checking out my blog. Your blog is awesome and I’m definitely following now. I just took a class this past weekend to learn how to make home made pasta, it was too fun. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

  55. suebthefoodie says:

    So nice of you to visit my page yesterday. Enjoyed exploring your posts today. Baked Alaska is also on my list. My eldest put in his request. A far off to do…Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  56. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Looking forward to seeing all your recipes & food adventures 🙂

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