Welcome to Chatty GourmetÂ â„¢
What youâ€™ll find:
- original recipes: gourmet, classics, leftover makeoversâ€¦itâ€™s all here
- theme menus for date night dinners, dinner parties or simple family gatherings
- side dishes and beverage pairings that change a meal into a culinary experience
- beverage recipes
- techniques and tools to make cooking easier and enjoyable
- lots of (food and drink) chatting
How do you come up with your recipes?
The recipes on this site are my original creations with special contributions from friends and family.Â They are inspired by my favorite restaurants and â€œchatsâ€ about new ingredients, techniques and tools.Â From there, I test my dishes on a critical panel of judges – myÂ boys, familyÂ and friends.Â Sometimes it is hit, other times it needs a few more tweaks.Â Once Iâ€™ve got it just right, the recipe is posted on Chatty Gourmetâ„¢.
Who takes your food photographs?
They are taken by me and some by friends and family.Â My hat is off to professional food photographers.Â It takes an artistâ€™s eye to capture a mealâ€™s color, scent and flavor in a photo.
How do you come up with your beverage recommendations?
The right beverage can make an average meal something special.Â I attended many wine tastings with a sommelier who was a wonderful teacher.Â For over a decade I have been using that information along with my own personal experiences to properly pair beverages.Â Beverage research is ongoing, so let me know if you have a particular favorite.
Where can we â€œChatâ€ or where can I post a comment or question?
Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and click on â€œLetâ€™s Chatâ€!Â It is a place for food chat of any kind.Â Submit your favorite recipe, let me know how you changed one of mine or simply add a comment.
I grew up in a large family on a North Dakota farm where we â€œate localâ€ in our own backyard.Â We enjoyed homegrown fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat.Â My mom, Maxine, known as â€œMaggieâ€, was a wonderful cook.Â She was creative in the kitchen and rarely followed a recipe.Â There was always enough food for one more at the table and friends would drop by often for her wonderful meals.Â After college, I traveled extensively on business and dined in places a country girl could only dream of.Â When I was married my husband and IÂ enjoyed recreating favorite entrÃ©es in our own home.Â My boys, Zachary and Chad, are not as adventurous, so sometimes I just need a simple meal on the table, fast!Â Itâ€™s all part of cooking for a me and my boys, but I like to think I cook like my mom, following instinct and favoring originality. My hope is that Chatty Gourmetâ„¢ continues my motherâ€™s legacy of creative cooking and the way it brings people together.
Ellen Murphy: Contributing Editor
Michael Arnold: Web Development www.mikearnold.net
Stacy Vickers: Graphic Design and Food/Wine Enthusiast firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Giallanza: Caricature Design www.soulare.com
Chatty Gourmetâ„¢ is dedicated to my late parents Maxine and Ralph Paulson who taught me where food really comes from and the art of cooking and baking.