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A website about recipes and family, by Jamie Gates.

Greetings Dear Reader


I am glad you found me. Now I know that if you wanted to know a bit about me you could check out my “about me” page. However for you dear reader I thought I would give you a little bit more information about me than you can find on that page.

I love cooking! I do not know what age I first started cooking, but I do know that my sister and I would help prepare the evening meal when we got home from school. Growing up our family would be considered  “meat and potatoes” eaters. My dad really wasn’t into eating casseroles. Honestly we would have meat, potatoes and either corn or beans with every dinner. I probably have eaten my weight in hamburgers and baked potatoes. In high school I worked in the produce department at Hy-Vee. There I was able to try a variety of fruits and vegetables I may not normally have tried. In college I worked “on the line” at one of the dining centers on campus, making omelets and pancakes for those that were up in time for breakfast. It was there where I realized how much I really liked cooking. My husband was known as a picky eater growing up, but I have changed that. Don’t get me wrong I love meat and potatoes, but I am so glad that Alex is open to my crazy kitchen experiments that I bring to the table.

I like to think of myself as a creative person, and being in the kitchen allows me to express my creativity. I love to try new things, I am constantly reading recipes and thinking about recipes. If I ever won the Powerball, I would take a culinary vacation, eating my way around the world (then hire a personal trainer). Food is important to me, we need it to survive, we have taste buds to enjoy the great flavors and usually I am enjoying it with people whom I deeply love.

I write this blog to document what my family is eating and enjoying, but I also want to share what we have enjoyed with others. I am curious dear reader what brought you here. I know my Grandma reads my blog (she and my grandpa are great in the kitchen) and I know a few of my friends read this, but I am curious as to who else is out there.

** Please leave me a comment telling me who you are, where you’re from, what brought you here, and please tell me if you would like to see any particular recipes. Like I said I like to try new flavors and cooking techniques. Also let me know if you’ve tried something I posted, I would love to hear feedback. So please don’t be shy!

Thank you for reading!



  1. came to your blog via jamfla’s blog. and kept reading it b/c i luv cooking, taking pix of food, and also b/c i am in omaha a lot so your ‘omaha blogroll’ was of interest to me! so….hello!

  2. Hey Jaime! I can’t believe all the wonderful recipes you have on here! I am definitely going to try them, I am always looking for new things to try 🙂

  3. Hi. I’m from Omaha and found about about your blog through the Omaha food blog roll. I don’t get to cook to often, but I enjoyed seeing that you are trying to incorporate more meat-free recipes. Hopefully at some point I’ll try one!

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