Welcome to French Pressed Kitchen, and thanks for stopping by! I’m so excited that you’re here.
I decided to finally start writing this blog after much encouragement from dear friends, and realizing most of my free time was spent cooking, thinking about food, or reading food blogs. I’m excited to share my passion for cooking and food with you, and hope that you’ll find some inspiration here.
My love of cooking and eating started in a two fold manner. In college I discovered I was lactose intolerant and started adjusting my diet accordingly. I realized that when I left out dairy I felt much better – no more stomach aches! My last year of college I lived with my wonderful friend, a dietitian in the making, who really increased my interest in food – ingredients for good cooking, where they come, and how they come together to make delicious things. Since then I’ve become interested in experimenting with different ingredients, cooking types and of course, challenges (paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, Whole30 approved, etc!). The recipes and food you’ll find here focus on my main mantras – eating wholesome food and staying balanced. Plenty of salads and greens, but also some treats to satisfy my sweet tooth and baking needs because after all, no flavor should be left behind.
When I’m not recipe hunting or brainstorming, I love traveling, exploring cities, hanging with my husband, and being active (sometimes all of these combined). Hiking, swimming, tennis, and HIIT workouts are my favorite. I should probably Crossfit but don’t yet. On the food front, I love chocolate chip cookies, pancakes, oatmeal and eggs. I eat some form of these once a week. Post Whole30 I am also on the avocado bandwagon.
Some other fun facts:
+ I’m a total Francophile and hope to live in France one day. I speak French fluently and welcome the occasion to practice!
+ My comfort meal is my mom’s chicken curry.
+ My favorite cake is and probably always will be Chocolate Stout Cake. It simply can’t be beat.
+ I almost had oatmeal confiscated at TSA security.
+ I studied Industrial Engineering so I’m a process optimizer at heart. Go Hokies!
And a small note for reference: Some of my links are affiliate links to products I use and love or would trust. If you follow the link and purchase something, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Any money I make goes towards supporting this site and/or my cooking adventures!