Welcome to Chez Carr Cuisine – a site dedicated to great recipes, entertaining tips, and educational tutorials such as “Soup Making 101”.
I feel it is only fair to begin my relationship with you by being perfectly honest. I am not a trained chef, nutritionist, or mixologist. I am however, a darned good home cook. And from years of writing recipes, I understand how to present a preparation guideline that is easy to follow and logical. I usually add a recipe every couple of days unless I am on holiday. So if you don’t find any new posts for a week or three, assume I am somewhere in Italy drinking wine and eating bruschetta. Or camping in our trailer along the Oregon coast, or visiting friends and family from here to Colorado, or… Just don’t give up on me if I disappear a few times a year. I will always return and often with wonderful new recipes to share with you.
In addition to cooking, I love to entertain. So, along with recipes that I promise are tried and true (they have all passed the rigid standards of my husband Mr. C.), I will pass along entertaining ideas which hopefully you will find fun and informative.
Before I go any further, I should share some personal information about myself. I am 72 years old, married to a lovely man, have 4 grown children (amazing), love to cook (duh), love jazz (we host jazz vocalists from around the world in our home, www.jazzvox.com for more information), read, garden, smash dishes and tile with a hammer (wait, don’t panic – I make mosaic art), travel and attend cultural events. (Oh, and I love to write!)
My husband and I, along with our very spoiled cat Georgia, and our two kittens, Max and Miles, live in the glorious North Western part of the beautiful state of Washington, on an island in the Salish Sea. (Camano Island) I totally love my life, and consider my kitchen to be the center of the universe.
People often refer to me as a chef. As stated, I am not a chef. Chefs wear fancy hats, have attended cooking school and have worked under other well trained masters of the culinary arts. The only thing I have ever worked under is pressure! Granted, most of the pressure has been self inflicted since I possess this annoying tendency to be a perfectionist. (Actually, if truth be known, I suffer from a flaming case of Martha S. syndrome. Why make only 3 types of cookies and candy at Christmas, when 10 would be so much more festive?)
Another thing you should know about me and Chez Carr Cuisine. Not all of the recipes I post are my original inspiration. (You’re shocked, right?) I actually take no greater pleasure than featuring other people’s fabulous recipes. My ultimate goal is to share the wonderful world of fine cuisine with as many people as possible. Life is simply too short to eat mediocre food. It is also entirely too short to wade through endless commercials upon entering a site. So my site is an “advertisement free zone”. No having to wade through plugs for antacid pills, questionnaires, or reminders of what you were recently researching on the internet. (I actually find that rather creepy!) Instead, I intend to keep my site easy to maneuver, charming in its simplicity (ah shucks), good for a laugh now and then, a resource for wonderful recipes (both nouveau and bygone) and advertisement free.
I sincerely hope you enjoy or continue to enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.