Hello world. We’re back and we’re gonna be better! [Although seriously, The Every Kitchen is still a work in progress. Like uhh… see that random search bar at the top of the page? –insert eye roll emoji–]
And before we get started with introductions, let me just tell you — crab cakes coming tomorrow!
Some of you friends already know, but most of you are crinkling your noses and thinking, Why The Every Kitchen? What’s up with that? Let me start with a story.
Once upon a time, I grew up in a big house with a big kitchen. That big, white, sunny kitchen is my family’s favorite room in that house. Oh sure, we had a comfy living room, a big screen TV, a pool out back — and we appreciated these. But my family and our friends always found ourselves around the kitchen island or the dinner table. I have a million memories in this space — most of them overflowing with laughter, storytelling, and tradition, but also many that arose through heartache and frustration. ←some of us are emotional eaters, cough, me, cough…
Several months ago, my parents moved out of my childhood home to a big new house with a big, new, bright, beautiful kitchen. It was a bittersweet goodbye for all of us.
Last weekend, the kids descended on Mom and Dad and their big new house. I got to spend three days in a big new kitchen with my five favorite people in the world, some new friends, and some old ones. We broke bread, we shared stories, and we laughed – oh how we laughed!
The thing is, it doesn’t matter what house we’re in or what kitchen table we’re sitting around. What matters is the people. And though the house may change, the people do not. And that is beautiful.
That’s my kitchen story. I have so many more of my own kitchen stories and FOOD stories — and don’t worry, do I ever miss an opportunity to gab? — but I can’t wait to start sharing the food stories that belong to my family, my friends, my neighbors, and my city. Because Every Kitchen has at least one story to share.
Interested in being featured? The Every Kitchen is looking for volunteers to share kitchen stories and food stories. It can be funny or sad, long or short, success or failure, simple or elaborate. E-mail email@example.com and we’ll break bread and tell stories.
Glad you are back Danielle!
And I’m pretty sure I want to come visit your Mom and Dad at their new abode!
Thank you, Nancy. And you are always welcome to visit. I can definitely speak for them on that! 🙂
This is awesome Danielle! I fancy myself a pretty good southern cook so I can’t wait to follow your cooking adventures and try some recipes! Congrats!
Hey lady! Thanks so much. So happy you’re following! Are you back in NC or NY? If ever I visit either place, I’ll have to do a feature post on you and some of your own Southern cooking!
You are so inspiring, Danielle! I love the re-branding and all the work you’ve put into this blog. 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much Rachel! There’s still a lot of work left to go, but I’m so excited to be back!
Love your blog and looking forward to seeing more!
And of course loving the family and new house pictures!
Thanks, Suellen. Their house is incredible. I’m thinking a Blairwood ladies weekend…?!!?
I am so glad you are back!!! I’ve missed you!
Thanks, Ellen. I needed the time off, but now that I’m back, I realize that I have SO missed this too! 🙂