Hey guys! So if you follow updates on Facebook, you know I (sadly) decided to stop updating the blog. With a beautiful baby girl and full-time job to tend to, all my extra time is spent on balancing my new life as a single mommy. My girl is EVERYTHING and fills my heart with more joy than I could have imagined. She’s even starting to cook with mama.


If you followed the old site, I shut down the old domain because of the cost.  But after some major behind-the-scenes, complicated importing (at least for this non-techy girl), I was able to import all the recipes from the last site!! All 400+ … um, Yay! If you had recipes you loved, they should still be found here. I am working on getting all photos updated and Pinterest links reset if needed. And who knows? Maybe I’ll be adding some new recipes here and there. Enjoy!


Hello and welcome to The Quick & Dirty Kitchen! I created this blog on a whim, and now I can say writing it has become a favorite hobby. Q&DK …

*        Encourages me to try new recipes & techniques

*        Serves as my personal recipe journal, which I love to share

*        Pushes me to learn more about photography and improve (little by little!)

*        Allows me to be part of an amazing food blog community

Why The Quick & Dirty  Kitchen?

Growing up I was surrounded by great cooks, and great food.  I, however, didn’t develop a love of cooking until I realized I could cook in my own style and create tasty dishes without following recipes tsp. by tsp. I could do it my way – who would have thought?  🙂 So what is my way? I like to cook with a lot of experimentation and flexibility. Because I’m a busy person, I don’t want to sacrifice taste and nutrition due to time restraints (and I don’t want to eat dinner at midnight). I like to cook quick meals with whole, real foods. I want to know my plate and its impact on our planet. I want to honor my body and soul by eating what I love, what loves me back, and by practicing moderation.

Why should I read Q&DK?

This blog is for folks who are both new to the kitchen and those simply searching for quick, whole foods recipes. All recipes posted on this site have been tested and tasted by me, and most likely others at my dining table. Recipes are adjusted as needed and I photograph prior to eating. If a recipe doesn’t pan out, you won’t see it here. If I think it’s really spicy or super sweet, I will tell you. I often give suggestions on how to change recipes based on what you have in your pantry or for dietary restriction reasons. I hope to encourage everyone to make more meals at home and to toss aside any culinary fears. Anyone can create healthy, inspiring, and flavorful meals to nourish body and soul!

How should I read Q&DK?

You can browse recipes using the category or monthly archive drop down-menus located on the right side of the page. You can also search for recipes using the search box at the bottom of the page.  Please share recipes you enjoy and feel free to post comments or questions!

Now that I know more about recipe writing “etiquette” I am attempting to go back to my earlier posts and revise for easier reading. However, if you have a question on any recipe, use the comment box and I promise to get back to you ASAP.

I use a few shorthand references in my recipes: S/P = salt & pepper (preferably fresh ground); Splash (liquid) = about 1 tbsp.; Dash (dry)= about 1 tsp.

What is your food philosophy?

The key to my food philosophy is moderation, moderation, moderation. I think this is the best way to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also to enjoy that lifestyle. You can find plenty of healthy recipes on Q&DK but I don’t subscribe to any “diet” that asks you to eliminate an entire food group. I believe the best approach for a long-term lifestyle you can manage and enjoy, is a whole-real foods diet (lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy protein).

Moderation and variety go hand in hand. I’m a huge fan of the Real Food concept and highly recommend Nina Planck’s book Real Food.  I highly suggest her website for great links to other Real Food sites that will also provide great information on Real Food diets. Real food is self-explanatory, no artificial or processed foods. I try to use as little processed foods as possible, usually the most “processed” foods you’ll see in my recipes are canned vegetables/beans or tuna.  I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners or fake stuff in general and so I tend to use real butter, real eggs, and real sugar. Feel free to adjust based on your own dietary needs.






13 thoughts on “About

  1. Laurie Maggio September 1, 2009 / 10:44 PM

    “The sign of a great cook, a pinch of this and a dash of that” as quoted to me as a young girl by Grandma Caise. Thanks for keeping up with family tradition and becoming a great cook!

  2. stephen logan January 31, 2010 / 3:54 PM

    saw that youy moved from the other recipe site so I came over for a look – very nice – I have bookmarked and will visit often – let me know if I can help you with some good ole fashioned country cooking recipes

    • thequickanddirtycook February 12, 2010 / 1:40 PM

      Stephen…actually, I am on the lookout for a good, traditional southern biscuits and gravy recipe. Have one? Check the contact tab above to email. Thanks!

  3. Dommie May 22, 2010 / 1:01 PM

    I don’t really have anything to say – just wanted to give this site a shot and subscribe by email. Apparently I had to leave a comment to do so – that’s it – quick and clean for now.

  4. aurora willis June 11, 2010 / 12:05 PM

    How exciting to find this website! I’m much older than you dearheart, am at this age struggling with ‘eating ethically’. wish you would have elaborated more on this and what you finally decided. looking forward to learning more. see you can teach and old dog, broad, or whatever, new tricks, thanks!

  5. Cari July 17, 2010 / 12:12 AM


    Came upon your site by chance and love the layout. Looking forward to trying the eggplant rolls! Let me know if you want a feature on my site http://www.canigettherecipe.com.

    All the best!

  6. Kelly April 26, 2011 / 9:36 PM

    This website looks great! I can’t wait to read more. I love the real food philosophy!

  7. Michael Kavanaugh July 8, 2011 / 12:42 PM

    Thank you for the great advice when it comes to ideas for making something to eat. As you know, it drives me crazy trying to think of something to cook for the kids.
    Thanks again,
    Michael (FitWit)

  8. Rex Ryan August 7, 2011 / 9:42 PM

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  9. Pingback: Rex Ryan
    • thequickanddirtycook January 3, 2013 / 12:20 PM

      Thank you so much for the recognition! I love meeting other bloggers and I’ve been introduced to a lot of new blogs through the Liebster Award. I am going to do my best to accept the nomination – I’m just trying to find the time to fit in all the writing 🙂 I’ll let you know once I get it done. Thanks again … it is truly appreciated!

      • jeleff11 January 19, 2013 / 3:26 PM

        You’re welcome!
        Sorry it took me so long to comment back, I’m late to the new wordpress format party haha

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