Hi and welcome. Here you will find over 300 small batch recipes. I’m Zona and I’m an at home cook. I love creating and downsizing recipes for easy dinners or desserts for two. I also post some larger meals that we love as well.
This blog is for anyone who loves to cook and for everyone who doesn’t. My recipes are mostly easy to make and include simple step-by-step instructions and process shots.
Here are five reasons I think you’ll love my blog, whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting out:
- Great recipes. It’s a food blog, so naturally you’re going to find recipes here. But I only share the recipes I really, truly love. You won’t find anything here that I’ve never made before or would never make again. Every recipe I post has my stamp of approval—if I wouldn’t eat it or serve it, you won’t find it here.
- Step-by-step instructions with photos. When I first started cooking, I was unsure about so many things: How big should I dice the onions? How thick should I cut the vegetables? What should this look like halfway through the recipe when it looks nothing like the final photo? When I created this blog, my goal was to take away some of that uncertainty by including tons of photos to bring each step of the recipe to life.
- Helpful tips and techniques. I love learning any skill that helps me get the job done faster, easier or with a better result. That’s why I sometimes include tips that I think might be helpful.
- Bloopers. Let’s face it – sometimes cooking just doesn’t go as planned. Don’t let that discourage you, though. It happens to me too! It’s just food…if it doesn’t turn out, salvage what you can, toss the rest and just try again next time.
- Fun! Food and fun come together in this blog because everything about food should be fun: eating it, making it and even making a mess of it.
When I’m not perusing cookbooks and websites planning my next meal, in the kitchen making my next meal or in a food coma enjoying my most recent meal, I’m either working, hanging out with my husband, or playing with my dogs. I work on this blog, and my other blog, Zona’s Lazy Recipes, as my full-time career and income (that’s why you see ads).
For fun, I love to learn and read, especially the Bible. I also love golf, wine tasting, home decor, and to organize my home and finances. I know, crazy! Right? Who loves to pay bills??? Yep, me. I also love traveling. I bring my taste buds with me on every trip and often come home inspired to recreate the fabulous new foods and flavors I just experienced.
If you tried one of my recipes or techniques and loved it (or even if you didn’t), let me know. Also, feel free to share links to my recipes and credit my blog. All of my photos and recipe techniques are copywrite protected and cannot be used without my permission.
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