Hi! I’m Laura, a food-loving Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, recipe developer, and freelance writer. I really love food – all food – yes, even French fries! I’m also a bit of a history buff and my husband and I love to travel, learn about new places and the foods that are traditional to those areas.
I love to cook and that is why I became a dietitian. Cooking doesn’t need to be hard or time-consuming. Don’t get me wrong – it can be, but it doesn’t need to be. My goal is to help people learn to love food and hopefully enjoy cooking. I also believe that all food has a place in our lives. Yes, there are serious reasons some people need to follow special diets, but for the average person, most food can fit, even if it means minor tweaks to make it work for you.
Having worked as a dietitian for over 30 years in a variety of settings, I think I have a balanced view of nutrition and how to make food fit in our lives. I have developed recipes and fun (I think) ideas for how to use various products or ingredients for the last 15 years. I’ve developed recipes for the StarKist Co. (R), Blue Harbor Fish Co. (R) and Portofino brands and you can see some of my work on those websites.
On this site, you will find recipes I make at home and share with family and friends. You’ll find kitchen tips and tricks to make your time in the kitchen easier and to help get the most out of the food you are eating.
My blog is called “On the Kitchen Shelf”. Why “On the Kitchen Shelf”? Well, many years ago I got this crazy idea to cook my way through all my cookbooks. I have well over 200 (I’ve lost count!) on my kitchen shelves and one day my wonderful husband made an offhand comment about the volumes of them but asked if I actually used them…well, no… There are a few standbys that I do pull out and use all the time, but for the most part, I just love to read through them and get new ideas. But, I thought it would be a good project to cook my way through them all! That didn’t last long, but the blog did and I still love the name. I think it encompasses what I want the blog to be. Recipes and ideas you can make by just pulling things from your own kitchen shelf.
Along with recipes and tips, you’ll find book, and product reviews, travel stories, local interest stories, notes from cool shops I find, eventually a store that features my favorite products and books (maybe even a few of my own). Ok, that sounds like a lot so hang in there with me as I get this going.
I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave me comments, questions and feedback; I only ask that you be respectful, thoughtful and helpful. Any rude, disparaging or ugly comments will be deleted.