Hi, I'm Brohgan!
I write about food to help other tired moms, like me, answer the "what's for dinner" question with healthy, delicious recipes that can accommodate today's busy evenings.
I absolutely love coffee, spaghetti squash, breakfast for dinner, pumpkin everything, one pot meals, really fresh local produce (especially from my garden), and sweet and salty type desserts. I like to keep cooking casual most of the time. Sometimes I go into the kitchen without a plan just to exercise my creativity muscles... this doesn't always work out, but it is how we ended up with our family's favorite veggie chili, so WORTH IT.
Who is sitting around my kitchen table? The first chair is Adam, my high school sweetheart and partner in crime for the last decade. In the high chair is my adventurous eater, Desmond, who is one. Under the table, our dog, Penny, has taken permanent residence at Desmond's feet (and he rewards her for her affection daily). We have 6 extra chairs ready and available to accommodate our large extended family that lives nearby. And, on a good day you will find me sitting between fetching sippy cups and stirring a bubbling pot on the stove.
My interest in blogging started in 2005 with a Xanga account full of teenage angst. After losing momentum in several casual blogging attempts over the last decade, I finally started fervently writing about food and faith in 2016 and never looked back.
What makes my recipes unique? I write all recipes using a simple list of ingredients that are commonly found in grocery stores throughout the US. I developed the Minimalist Grocery List to build my kitchen pantry and save my own sanity in the grocery store. As the guinea pig to my own experiment, my family been using this list to simplify our grocery and meal planning experience for over a year.
In my kitchen, I also want to savor what matters: honoring Jesus Christ with our words and actions and honoring each other in marriage and in the child-parent relationship by carving out time to be together as a family regularly. What is the first thing we do at the table? Pray. The second thing? Pass food together and share a meal.
Would you like to receive a weekly newsletter?
On Fridays, usually in the afternoon, I send a weekly newsletter containing my family's weekday meal plan and a list of encouraging web links known as the Soul Food Meal Plan.
I will respect your time by not spamming you with loads of extra e-mails. And your personal e-mail will remain private and not be used for any other purpose. I try to take very good care of my subscribers.
The extra awesome thing is that I will send you the Minimalist Meal Planning guide as soon as you sign up! I want you to succeed in your kitchen goals, whatever they may be.
If you ever have a question or suggestion about this blog, please feel free to contact me!
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Here's a little bonus info.
I graduated from Kansas State University in 2011 with a degree in English. To get out of taking a scary chemistry class in college, I enrolled in nutrition science instead. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
My favorite literature classes in college were over Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, and Shakespeare. I loved reading texts in Old and Middle English. K-State also houses an awesome children's lit program, and I studied Harry Potter and C.S. Lewis for college credit. It. Was. Awesome.
I graduated college in the height of the recession in my local area. After submitting over 200 job applications, I settled on the only offer I received at the time: a part-time position in a small family-owned grocery store in a not-well-off neighborhood. Before long, my co-workers became like family, and the regular customers greeted me with a shoulder hug and an update on life. About half of the sales in this store were through WIC or food stamps. This experience shaped me into who I am today.
In that same job, I was trained to clean the meat room. I lasted 3 days. (It actually wasn't as bad as you might assume. The room was cleaned very thoroughly every day, but I just couldn't stop gagging!)
On a related note, I never never never touch raw meat if I can help it. I actually stuck to a vegetarian diet for most of college and avoided chicken, especially, for close to a decade. I am very picky about meat quality. I am also very picky about food safety. (If you have ever read this terrifying piece about salmonella in the New Yorker, you understand.)
I try not to buy too much junk food... but my go-to's are salt and vinegar Pringles and Peanut Butter M&M's. Oh, and Vanilla Coke. Mmmm.
I had an absolutely awesome gig as an International Admissions Specialist at my alma matter, Kansas State University. This was unfortunately was cut short by the birth of my son. I left my dream job to stay home with him. It was simultaneously one of the most difficult and easy decisions I have ever made.
Now, in the evenings and during nap time I blog, I contribute articles to other websites, and I manage the social media pages for a local event planning startup. In the near future, I hope to publish a book about Christian living in the kitchen.