Katie Jasiewicz is the author of Katie’s Cucina: a home cook, food blogger, and recipe developer. Katie’s Cucina is a place where she shares her love for food – developing and cooking mouthwatering recipes weekly, baking indulgent desserts, and sharing foodie travels from coast to coast. Join her on a culinary adventure where life always tastes good.
I’ve always had a love for cooking, and more so in the past few years a love for eating! My real love for cooking began when I was 9 years old with a babysitter who would watch us nightly while my mother worked and my dad was deployed to the Gulf War. I was tired of eating microwave dinners night after night, and started experimenting in the kitchen. I remember craving breakfast potatoes one evening, and me being a ripe old age of 9 decided to make them. I remembered watching my mother fry them in a pan—how hard could it be? I diced up a potato and started frying the raw pieces of diced potato in a pan. Little did I realize that you can’t fry raw potatoes *well you can, but you need to have a decent amount of oil/butter and a lid to soften them up. After that, my mom started giving me basic cooking lessons, and by age 10 I was cooking for my younger brother, our baby sitter, and myself; basic shake-n-bake chicken, canned veggies, and homemade mashed potatoes. I never knew about instant potatoes until I was able to drive and shop for myself! From there I read cookbooks and magazines and kept experimenting in the kitchen. My dad will tell me that I’ve way surpassed my mother’s cooking (but he’d never say that to her)!
I’ve gotten so comfortable in the kitchen that I almost always have to cook a new recipe when family and friends come over. 99% of the time they turn out fabulous! I still have my cooking faux pas like everyone else does.
Ultimately, I enjoy making new recipes weekly–to me cooking is a form of therapy. After a long day at the office I like to get in the kitchen and cook a delicious meal that is both rewarding and nutritious. I hope that my food adventures bring a little more excitement into everyone’s kitchens! I’m part Italian, German, and Polish, and try to incorporate some of my heritage make-up into my food; however, I LOVE all foods and feel that every kitchen should have a wide variety of recipes on hand. I would never want to limit my readers (or myself) to one specific style of cooking.