The Revealing, Secret Diaries of a Not-So-Secret Foodie


This coming March, I will have been at home for three years.  What a blast it is!  The time is flying by and I am now feeling the need to do something that is all my own.  I have decided this will be it:   I am a true believer in finding your passions and doing what makes you happy.  For everyone, it is something different.  Food and talking: These are two things that I absolutely love to do.  For me, getting my family around the table and enjoying the conversations that ensue is a real passion.  When you share a meal with someone, you really get to know them.  For me, food not only feeds your body; it nourishes your soul.   At home, I am always trying new recipes and testing them out on all my adventurous boys.  At times, I enjoy great success and at others dismal failure, however, trying them out together, as a family, always leads to a great conversation and sometimes some really good laughs.  “Ketchup-on-the-side”, is always available in my kitchen.

In my kitchen, I also have the keeper box.  This is the special wooden box that contains our family’s recipes that have qualified for the “keeper status”.  The keeper box in not secret, but there for anyone to try.  Even my husband, an enjoyer of good food, a loyal taster, but not a cook (yet!), has ventured in there to pull out his favorites to try.  My family frequently calls me to get an old family recipe, as I have been the food historian of our family, writing down all the recipes we’ve been making for years.  One of my favorite things to do is deliver a sample of a “keeper” to a neighbor, friend, or family member and get their reaction.  What a sense of accomplishment I feel when some one calls me out of the blue for a recipe or while, in the middle of attempting a recipe for the first time, rings me with a question or tells me of their success.  Another lover of food is born.  And another person you can start talking to food about.  Presto, yet another friend is made. 

I am not sure what form this blog will take.  Maybe it will be a food blog.   Maybe it will be a running tale of “Life with All My Boys”.  Maybe it will be combination of both.  I know that my husband hopes it will be a place where the “secret ingredients” of his all time favorite foods are highlighted in red.  However, my hope is that it will start lots of conversations, around lots of dinner tables and get lots of families, friends and neighbors talking!  I would love to be like Gusteau in a favorite movie of mine, “Ratatouille”, convincing one Remy at a time that, “anyone can cook”, however, my real goal is to show how much fun it can be gathering your family around a table for a meal.  So here it goes…

  1. Can’t wait to start filling my keeper box– keepers only this time! I’m excited to see you get this started!

  2. Sue, I thought you were my secret foodie but I do realize that it ended when you and the MR. bought that little blue house. Until then we (your dad and I) were the taste testers and inhalers of all your new food ideas. I love hitting your refrigerator for all your wonderful left overs and now I know there’ll be even more as you cook to keep your blog interesting and clamoring for more. What a great way to fulfull your talents of motherhood, cooking and of course writing. We all come to you when we need an editor.
    Glad you figured out the blogging. Will be anxiously awaiting new posts.

    Luv ur MOM

  3. Sue, i wish you success with this new venture! Enjoy and good luck!

  4. This is wonderful. How exciting to go from thinking about writing a blog, to actually doing it. Congratulations!

  5. I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

  6. Can’t wait for your posts! Always looking for new ideas in the kitchen.

  7. Chicken Marsala recipe please :). Love you Sue! Great idea

  8. You ROCK! I don’t know if everyone can cook, but I know I love to eat what you cook!! Good luck Sue B! Lori

  9. Way to go Sue…everyone will enjoy this site. You are the best! Love AJ

  10. Yummo! Keep it up!!!

  11. This is so cool. I really enjoyed exploring your blog.

    • So cool to connect. Thank you so much for taking the time to explore my blog. It is a work in progress. Thank you for the kind compliment and your patience when navigating around. I work on it when I have time ; ). Always lots of things happening in the little blue house. I love the choas. It teaches me how creative I can be when I set my mind on it ; )

  12. I can’t wait to see if you venture in to vegan territory! This is such a great blog…you are very talented & a wonderful writer Sue!!!

    • Already have some vegan recipes on the burners. Some of my favorite foods are Vegetarian Indian cuisine. As a matter of fact, a close friend, who is strict vegetarian, suggested that I post my 3 bean, 3 bell pepper Chili. Also, want to make potatoe and pea Samosa’s. A friend just bought me a lovely Mango Chutney. She is also a vegetarian. Thank you for checking me out Sarah. Can’t wait to cook something up just for you! Can’t wait to meet Yoshi. She is a doll!

  13. Looking forward to reading your blog. You write with compassion and passion. The best combination of all! Now I know where to go when I need to find a “keeper”.

    • So happy that you checked out my site. Its means alot that you left a comment for me. Thank you for your kind words! It is a passion of mine. So happy I am getting a chance to do it.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my little stories. I am so happy after I complete a new story. It is so fun when you get to follow your dreams. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I do appreciate it so much. PS. Check out the story Beginnings. It is not a recipe. It was my first post after establishing my blog. Maybe you already read it because you knew about the Keeper. thanks for stopping by my site!

  14. Hi Sue
    I am glad I came to Your site, I love everything I have read, You are such a writer,You have already made Your beginning, Thank God for your creative and food ideas I love to eat as
    I told You I love pork chops Have to have them once a week.

    thanks for sharing Your joy Geri

    • Geri,
      So glad our paths crossed again. You put me at ease. Whenever I get my half-cut sweet tea at McDonalds I will think of you and smile and think “Geri likes sweet tea with extra ice”. You are a Blessing to me.

  15. Awesome awesome blog! I may even be inspired to try beets! I’ve nominated you for this award –

    • WOW. Thank you Kimberly. That means a lot coming from a fellow blogger! Keep on blogging :).

  16. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I have also enjoyed browsing the blog and reading some of your narrations. They are very thoughtful and interesting too. Wish you a happy blogging and a wonderful week!

  17. Ratatouille is my husband’s favourite movie too. 😊 He also loves cooking and convinced me that I can cook too. 😊 Love your blog, both writing and the photos are excellent!

    • So nice to find your comment on my blog today. Thank you for your likes and leaving a note for me to enjoy. I love Ratatouille. I look forward to visiting your blog.

  18. Sue – ran into you at Menard’s in Naperville in the garden center May 8th! We talked forever and discovered we are kindred spirits — Love your blog — Rock on in the kitchen and the garden!! Sandy Wegmann

    • You were a hoot! Enjoyed sharing stories, gardens and recipes with you. Will do and you too. If you are on FB you can find me there. I post more frequently would love exchanging tips there! Link is on bottom of my page. Posting quick salad dressing today. You inspired me with all that backyard garden talk–cheers sueBthefoodie

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