~ About

Hello!  My name is Celeste and I would like to welcome you to Cooking Creation!

A little about me:  I married my best friend, John, on Valentines Day.  We have a 10-year-old daughter, Madelyn.  She's the sweetest girl in the world.  She is also an aspiring artist and quite the little musician.  I refer to her quite frequently on the blog as "my little sous chef".  I am blessed to be able to work out of home as a medical transcriptionist, and I absolutely love my job.  God has blessed our family richly, and we are grateful for every breath we have been afforded.  

Besides cooking, some of my favorite things are laughing with my husband (he's pretty hilarious), getting to be the mama of the best kid in the world (no, really - she's the best), taking way too many photos, harmonizing to literally every song I hear, running on the trail alongside my little sous chef (she's an avid runner), getting dirty in the garden, attempting to be a better baker, trying not to hit tennis balls out of the court, bumming on the beach, occasionally roughing it out in a tent with my family, and sleeping in on Saturdays (that counts as a hobby, right?).  Update:  Okay, sleeping in just doesn't happen anymore.  *sob*

A little about my cooking:  When I was first married, I literally did not know how to take a can of vegetables and heat them up in a microwave or on the stove. Pretty sad, right?!  My mother-in-law was a housewife for my husband's entire childhood, and they sat down each night for dinner as a family.  I'll never forget the first time I heard, "What's for dinner?" after I was married.  The question was innocent enough, but it sent me into quite the panic.  I've had my share of cooking successes and a few pretty hilarious failures along the way, but once I got the hang of things in the kitchen, cooking turned into an obsession.  We live a busy life, but we make it a priority to sit down together as a family for dinner every night.  

Challenging myself:  I've taken on switching to organic ingredients and non-GMO whenever possible.  It has definitely been a fun and rewarding process, but I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be.  As if food wasn't already always in the forefront of my  mind, it has made me even more conscious about the ingredients I'm using and the decisions that I'm making.  I plan to document my experiences, both good and bad, in making the switch.  Check out one of my first posts about it here

How this blog came to be:  I had a personal blog about my family for a few years.  From time to time, I posted photos and recipes that I had tried along with my thoughts on them.  One day, I was searching online for a chicken piccata recipe and stumbled across someone's food blog.  I became so excited at the thought about a blog dedicated to nothing but food that I started one that very day, and it has continued to be my passion ever since!  

Confessions (well, at least the ones I'm ready to admit!):  Okay.  So, yes, we do sit down together as a family for dinner every night, but there's a little bit more to it.  About once or twice a week, I force my family to eat the first half of their dinner... with my back to them... with the lights out.  Why?  How else can I photograph what we're eating in natural light by a large window?!  Sometimes, my little sous chef will bat her eyes and coerce me into coming back to the dinner table before I get "the shot".  Yeah.  Cooking Creation doesn't hold a candle to those beautiful brown eyes!  #bloganotherday

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, comments or just to say "hi"!




Q:  What kind of camera do you use? 
A:  I use a Nikon Coolpix P7700.  No, I haven't spent thousands of dollars on a camera... yet.  

Q:  Have you ever taken any cooking classes?
A:  In the beginning of 2011, my mother surprised me with a one-day cooking class with Chef Pagliaro.  That has been my one-and-only class.  I am as self-taught as you can get when it comes to my cooking (Food.com and Google were my best friends in the beginning).  Because I'm not a professionally trained cook, my recipes may or may not be technically or authentically "correct"... but I certainly try my best!

Q:  Have you ever taken any photography courses?
A:  I wish!  If you go back to some of my older recipes, you'll see that the quality of the photos is very poor.  Even now, I still have a lot of room for improvement.  A lot.  I've actually been tempted a few times to delete my older posts because of the poor photo quality; however, I think it's important to be reminded of where I got started and how far I've come. 

Q:  May I use your recipes and/or photos on my own blog/website?
A:  I would be honored for you to use my recipes and photos; however, I do ask that you please give Cooking Creation the credit as well as include a link back to my blog

If you should have any other questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email at Mail@cookingcreation.com. 

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