Los Gatos Foodie is a recipe website for the home cook focusing on natural food with a global twist by Brenda Grimse.
Tell Me More
I created Los Gatos Foodie in January 2011 with the intention of having a way to share recipes with family and friends. Since then, the website has been visited by thousands of visitors in 147 countries. It's a lot of fun for me. I have tons of recipes that I've cooked over the years, so I mostly started with those. Now I am branching out and have challenged myself to cook at least one dish from all the major cuisines of the world. Too ambitious? Probably. But still fun. I cook and photograph everything myself, with the occasional help from my husband who holds the lighting apparatus for me while I snap the pictures. Oh yeah, and he likes to eat the food too.
The Home page will show the most recent recipe additions. On here you can also see what I am planning to cook next under "On The Menu". Using the menu bar above you can go to the By Cuisine page. Here I have "Recipes by Cuisine" and "More Recipes", as well as a "Recipe Map". Next is the Articles page, this contains my "Global Bites Articles" and some other articles. Next is my Best Eats page, here I post restaurants that I like. Next is my Sources page, here you can find links to other blogs, cooking classes, and shopping.
Type of Food
I generally think of recipes and food in terms of cuisine type, so that's how this site is organized. I have an interest in international cuisine and have started a project called Global Bites to highlight this area. I cook using natural ingredients, no processed food. I believe in a whole-food diet, grass-fed meats, real butter, no fake stuff, and lots of vegetables.
Where I Get The Recipes
I get recipes from cooking classes, cookbooks, friends, and stuff that I make up. If I pull a recipe from another source, I reference the source.
The First Thing That I Cooked
I made a visit to San Luis Obispo the summer of 1982 and stopped at Spikes to eat. I had potatoes skins. I thought, "If I could make these skins at home, life would be great!" I went home and figured out how to bake the potatoes, scoop out the flesh, re-bake, add toppings, and bake again. I ended up re-creating their "Skins Italia" - a potato skin filled with spicy marinara sauce, Italian salami, and mozzarella. I was in heaven. I had a full-circle moment a few weeks ago while making potato gnocchi in a cooking class. I was scooping out the flesh of the potatoes to make gnocchi, the chef had told me to discard the skins, and I said "But you can eat them." He said "Then make potato skins for the class." I did, and he said, "Wow, these may be the best thing we eat all day."
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