Several years ago I started writing down the recipes I had grown up with and posting them to my website. I had just turned 40, and had spent most of my adult life working as a hectic Silicon Valley consultant with little time to cook, let alone learn how to cook beyond what I had learned growing up.
I come from a big family—six kids—and thought what a terrific family project, to document our family recipes! Both my mother and father are excellent home cooks, mom by necessity to raise us all, and dad because he loves to eat well and enjoys the experimentation of trying out new recipes.
Well, the family recipe blog that started in 2003 has blossomed and taken on a life of its own. Simply Recipes now reaches millions of visitors each month!
For the first seven years of Apron Recipes, almost all of the cooking was done in my parent’s kitchen in Carmichael, California. In April 2010, most of the cooking for the site shifted down the street to my kitchen (also in Carmichael). These days I cook less with my parents and more often with friends, including my French sweetheart Guy who was raised in Provence, as well as food blogger Hank Shaw, and chef Kathi Riley who cooked for many years at the Zuni Cafe and Chez Panisse.
Where we get the recipes
These days most of the recipes we post we are making up. If you look through the archives though you’ll find many old family recipes, and recipes my family has over 30 years pulled from cookbooks, magazines, and newspaper clippings. If we have pulled a recipe from another source, we try to attribute that source where we can (sometimes it’s hard when you only have a clipping.)
The recipes shown here use mostly whole food ingredients and only occasionally a few things from cans or prepared foods. We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using real butter, real cream, eggs, lots of green vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese.
Comments are open on the most recent recipes and posts. I would ask that if you would like to leave a comment that you think of this website as my family’s home and that you wouldn’t say anything on this site that you wouldn’t, as an invited guest, say in someone’s home. Constructive criticism is welcome, as we all benefit from such advice.
Rude, mean, or obnoxious comments are not welcome and will not be approved to post (that’s me, gently escorting the misbehaving guest out of the house). Please restrict your comments to the topic at hand, for the benefit of all who may be reading.
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