About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Denell

I’m a mother, wife, educator, and historian who has a passion for food. Food was my first love and has been my source of comfort since I can remember. I spend lots of time in the kitchen with family and friends making heart warming international comfort food. I will spend all day in the kitchen but sometimes that’s just not possible. You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to make great comfort food everyone will love. Life gets busy. But food shouldn’t stress you out it should comfort you and make you feel at home.

About My Love For International Food

Growing up in a predominately hispanic neighborhood, food made me feel included when I was different from everyone else. When the parents of my friends did not speak English, food was one thing everyone understood. Food and cooking with my friends and their families made me feel included. It’s a gateway to developing bonds and understanding different cultures.

As I grew older, so did my passion for different foods. Being invited into the kitchens of my friends presented the opportunity to learn how to cook new dishes, to build bonds and break bread with a diverse people. As a historian, I like to investigate the origins of food and track its movements. It’s astonishing how food items molded, altered and at times taken on a new life depending on the location. The influence globalization has on food is phenomenal but is nothing compared to how it influences people’s lives.

About This Blog

This blog is the culmination of my food experiences. From eating, to serving and cooking food has always been a part of my life. I have a habit of eating my feelings (and forcing my friends and family to eat with me). It’s my experiences, the brain child of a history project and the new experiences and traditions I have with my family and friends.

Food That Inspires

Much of my food inspiration comes from good times with family and friends, crazy adventures and encounters in the U.S. with people from all over the world. The food here isn’t overly extravagant or complicated. It’s food that makes you feel good. It reminds you of home and good times with friends. It’s a return to normalcy, solace. At least for a minute. It’s always been my comfort.

As I grew older so did my passion for different foods. I have been fortunate enough to be invited into the kitchens of many of my friends and in turn, had the opportunity to build bonds, light fires and break bread with a diverse group of people.

The Educator In Me

As a historian, I’ve investigated the origins of food and tracked its movements. It’s astonishing how food items have been molded and altered.  At times it has even taken on a new life. The influence globalization has had on food is phenomenal but nothing compared to how it influences people’s lives. The fluidity of food proves that at the core, we are all the same. We seek friendship, love, and at the end of the day we want to be comforted.

The food here isn’t overly extravagant or complicated. It’s food that makes you feel good. It reminds you of home and good times with friends. It’s food you want to share. It’s a return to normalcy, solace. At least for a minute. So go ahead, plan that dinner. Don’t stress it because, “I’ve got you boo!”