About Me

For the last couple years I’ve had a great time blogging about my life and memories over at My Random Life Story. During this time I gradually became more interested in food and meal planning. First I started posting my weekly meal plans. Then I started taking pictures of the food I made. Then I got into product reviews and different food themes and before I knew it my love for all things food and cooking began to take over the original purpose of that blog. I decided the best way to keep all my readers happy was to separate my life from my food obsession.

I’m not a professional chef. I’ve never had any sort of professional training (unless you count that semester of “Foods” I took in high school…). Everything I know I learned from watching other people, whether it was my mom or chefs on tv, or simply digging in and trying things. You will never learn how to cook if you don’t do it yourself. Being a good cook comes with experience and practice. But the good news is, once you master a few simple techniques and know how to read a recipe, you can pretty much make anything you want and it’ll turn out almost every time. I called this blog ‘Gravy Training’ because I’m still learning. Gravy happens to be one of the most basic things you should know how to make and I still don’t really know how to do it. I don’t know everything and there’s always going to be more to know.

My purpose for this blog is to show you that making good food every day doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. And it can be healthy without tasting that way. A lot of the recipes I’ve come to love during these last couple years are from websites such as Eatingwell.com and CookingLight.com. I’ve eaten better than I ever have and actually lost about 20 pounds in the process. That’s not to say I don’t make good old comfort food once in a while or spend extra time on the weekends making a big breakfast or a special dessert. My point is, there’s no excuse to eat food that tastes like crap, especially when you can make something delicious in the same amount of time!

I realize some of you may look at these recipes and think, “this looks way too fancy and time consuming, I could never make that.” Well let me tell you, I’m lazy. This stuff just sounds fancy. Most of it is really easy to make and is pretty quick. It has to be, because I’m pretty much starving by the time I get home from work and I don’t want to waste my evening at the stove. And now that I’ve got a small baby in tow and no husband around most nights, food prep has got to be fast.  I do use a handful of uncommon ingredients here and there, but I don’t buy anything that’s insanely expensive or can’t be found at your neighborhood grocery store or Wally World. Plus it’s kind of fun to try new things every once in while. Who knows, you might find something you like!


I’d love to hear from you! You can reach me via e-mail at karen.hanson723 (at) gmail (dot) com.


2 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide April 21, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I’m not familiar with your other blog, but this one is just great. I like that you do simple to prepare meals. We all need that on weeknights!

  2. Tinochka July 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi, I just wanted you to know I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out! http://cmingalls.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/liebster-award/

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