About peas + carrots

Katherine on Pont Solferino, Louvre in background, croppedHi to everyone!

My name is Katherine and I live in the “Garden State” of New Jersey. I used to blog under the name NightOwlChef, but after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus I re-emerged as the blog peas + carrots. I used to be a single girl and aspiring writer, but I’m now a happily married part-time writer (I’m working on a novel – who isn’t? – and writing articles occasionally for Yahoo Voices). I used to write about my culinary adventures, but now I’m focused on much more of a culinary compromise. My husband, you see, is the pickiest eater I’ve ever met! I love him dearly, but his preferences have definitely changed my cooking style in the last two years. He wouldn’t go for my galangal-spiced chicken, for example, but loves my homemade breaded chicken breasts (“chicken nuggets”). My life now is all about learning what it means to be in love, be married, and cook for the love of my life – and cook for me at the same time. It’s a wonderful stage in our lives, and I want to share that and learn from others in my same boat.

I also love to write, so this blog is another outlet for me to write and someplace to share my rambling rambles about food and recipes. When I get writer’s block for my stories, I morph into my blogger alter ego and post on here. When my writer’s block goes into remission and I catch chef’s block, I morph again into my writer night owl alter ego and type away into the night. See how well this works out?!

Actually, I started this blog primarily as a way to document new recipes that I develop or try out so that I can keep track of my cooking adventures. Only after blogging for awhile did I realize how many non-recipe words I was putting in each post and how much I was enjoying that. But back to the food…. Since I am an engineer by training and only started cooking decently – and with a mind for adventure – about midway through college, this foray into cuisine is somewhat new to me. I really enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients, trying new flavors, vegetables, and spices. I’ve collected so many recipes and cookbooks in the last few years that I feel like making a dedicated attempt to constantly try new things is the only way I’ll be able to try them all! I figure this blog is a good compliment to my many cookbooks, two binders of snatched recipes, and small pile of recipe ideas/meal ideas/ingredient lists. At the same time, I’m trying to improve my basic cooking skills (namely cooking meat, at which I have a distinct weakness, culture my palette, and explore seasonal ingredients).

If you would like to contact me – to ask me a question about something I posted, to laud me for a great recipe you can’t wait to try, to berate me for cooking something diametrically opposite of how it should be cooking, or to chat about cuisine or writing – please don’t hesitate to write me an email at peasncarrotsblog (at) gmail(dot) com.

Thank you for wandering my way and getting this far – I hope you’re enjoying my blog!


7 thoughts on “About peas + carrots

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

    • Thank you both to knowledgetoday and Tony for the kind words. I appreciate the feedback and hope you enjoy shuffling around the site – and try a recipe or two. It’s great to know there are people out there who are reading this.
      Thanks again … and please stop by again. Don’t be a stranger! 🙂

  2. Hey Katherine!! Your link to my website just came up on Google notifications, thanks a lot.. =) I’m excited to cruise through your recipes and get some good ideas!!! How is life in New Jersey? Who are you working for there? If you’re ever in Europe give me a buzz…

  3. Hi Katherine Night-Owl Chef,

    Stumbled upon your site. What a great blog. Hope you loved Deutschland. I have spent quite a bit of time there myself and I love German food. Esp the little sausages cooked in wine in Nurenberg.

    So like your other fans, I hope you get back to your blog again. I should talk. I never keep up my cooking blogs.

  4. Hey, nice recipes, NightOwlChef !
    Unfortunately, @ 240 lbs., I’m not in position to try it out. Sorry !

    When I saw NIGHT-OWL-CHEF, I thought, oh wow, some more big fat Techie nerd who luvs cooking over the weekend. But I ‘m surprised to see a beautiful girl like you. That was a complete bumper.

    Anyways, happy journey to the DEUTSCHLAND … ! Bon voyage …!

    p.s.: Oh, once you return from Stutgartt, Hanover, please post some German recipes in here. I’ll be back … to see them. I’d love to see the German Apple Struddle. Good Luck .. !

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