Originally this blog was created as a record of what I cook each day for my family. It has become a collection of our favorite dishes.  Like any home cook, I have off-days when my creations don’t turn out as planned.  I usually don’t post a dish that we didn’t love.  I want anyone who tries my recipes to have a great experience and a delicious outcome, so I only post the dishes that worked.  I consider myself to be an accomplished home cook. I am always trying to find ways to perfect dishes and try new ingredients. I believe in using local, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. All photos are taken by me or by my wonderful, supportive husband.
The recipes and photos on this blog are protected by United States Copyright Law.  Please do not use the recipes or pictures without my express permission. Thank you.

29 Responses to About

  1. Rebecca says:

    Awesome stuff here! Very enjoyable.

  2. Mark Evans says:

    Great job Keri! Can’t wait to try the PokPok wings!

  3. Michelle Jensen says:

    Hi Carrie ~ we met at your husband’s HS reunion (my husband & I are the ones who have been to Sicily) ~ I am excited to follow your blog. Looks great so far!

  4. Jim Cox says:

    Hey Carrie,

    Fabulous blog. Harley sent the link to me yesterday and Cindy and plan on checking in regularly to see what the Great Chef has in store.

  5. Brooke Booher says:

    Finally – more Carrie recipes!! I’ve worn out your very first published (at least on the YGH press, circa… 1997 or something) cookbook and have been dying for more Macca/Cowan kitchen secrets! I’m thrilled to see your beautiful face, drool over your amazing photos, and know that you are still creating in the kitchen. Hugs to you, sweets!

    • swellkid says:

      Thanks! Good to hear from you too. Glad to hear you like the blog!

    • Deb Miller says:

      Carrie, I never knew you were such a fantastic cook! I agree with Brookie, I’m always drooling over your photos — whoever is taking the pics is doing, well, almost as good as the one doing the cooking!

      • Carrie says:

        Hey Debbie! Thanks for the comment and for subscribing too! I take most of the pictures with Harley’s fancy camera. Harley takes some of them as well- it just depends on the timing and whether my hands are clean or not:)

  6. Vicki and Chris Graves says:

    Hi there! Joey’s neighbors with the chickens here 🙂 Thanks to FB and your brother we found your wonderful blog! Chris will be trying these yummy recipes out for us! Thanks!

    • swellkid says:

      I’m so glad! Our chickens are doing great- they are enjoying the warmer weather. Take care!

    • swellkid says:

      Hi Vicki and Chris! Thanks for taking a look at my blog. We were visiting Joey last week and noticed how big your Buff Orpingtons are. They seem a lot bigger than ours. What do you feed them? We are feeding ours triple duty laying feed, cracked corn as a snack, and sometimes our leftover kitchen scraps. I’d love to know your secret!

  7. Andrea R. says:

    What a cool blog! I’m always DYING for new recipes — these look fantastic! Thank you!

  8. Janae says:

    Very nice blog; love your recipes!

  9. Good morning! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you would like to participate, you can go here to see the rules. http://gluten-free-zen.com/2012/01/20/the-best-things-about-blogging/

  10. at350degrees says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congrats! http://at350degrees.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/versatile-blogger-award/

  11. Hi Carrie,

    I’m enjoying your recipes. Your photographs are beautifu as welll. Met David Lebovitz; He’s a doll. Loved the apricot tangine!

    The last time I saw you, you were a kid. My, you’ve grown up beautifully and your family is gorgeous.

    Keep enjoying the good life in Portland.

    Best wishes to all.

    À bientôt,


    Patricia Conover
    Patricia Conover Communications/
    Paris Rhapsody
    29 Rue de la Croix de Fer
    78100 Saint Germain

  12. Troy Cook says:

    Very nice. Looks very professional I think I will try a recipe on the family this weekend

  13. Julia says:

    Found your post on the Martha Stewart Frozen Chiffon Rainbow Cake when I was planning to make it for my good friend’s birthday. ( We devoted cooks think alike. ). Thanks to your post, I doubled the meringue recipe to combine with the fruit purees, so I only made meringues three times instead of five; they’re all done and sitting in the freezer now waiting to be frosted. I’ll definitely take cake pics if it comes out; also plan to double the frosting recipe right off the bat, again thanks to your comments. Wow, did you save me time and heartache !

  14. carrie mcneill says:

    I love new recipes and look forward to learning new yummy ones!

  15. Barbara Kelley says:

    Hi Carrie, Jenny introduced me to your Blog and suggested I try your Thanksgiving dishes. I did your brine turkey and savory dressing, they were both wonderful. Now I am looking forward to trying many more. Cheers! Wishing you and your Family and very wonderful Christmas. Barb

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