Welcome to Wine Lady Cooks. I’m happy to share with you many quick and easy and sweet and savory recipes.
My easy Family Friendly recipes are for everyone or anyone who has a hectic and over scheduled calendar. That’s many moms, dads and even grandparents out there who could use some time saving tips and recipes.
The past few years I have been using an air fryer. This appliance has made cooking a time saver. It’s also an easy appliance to use for ‘frying’ and baking.
I’m a dessert fan, so you will find many sweet recipes as well recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The air fryer bakes the best desserts.
Some of my favorite time spent in the kitchen is with my daughters and grandsons. I have quite a few recipes that can be prepared with the children. Ages can be from about 4-5 up to teens. It’s a fantastic way to make memories and it also is a terrific learning experience for the kids as well as the adults to cook and bake together.
I originally started this blog 10 years ago when I retired from my full time job. I wanted a place to journal all our favorite recipes after I realized that my mom did not leave behind any of her recipes. I thought a blog was a way to journal recipes my family enjoys. They could then be passed on to my children.
To be honest, my mom always cooked from scratch and just used her intuition when it came to cooking. She learned to cook her family favorite meals from her mother and grandmother. I originally started posting many recipes my mom always made. After a few years, I started to change my cooking style to fit my hectic schedule.
If I’m over-scheduled being retired, I realized most everyone who has a family is in the same boat. So quick and easy and sweet and savory recipes are what I share.
I hope the answers to these questions will give you a peek into my kitchen window.
Where do you get your recipes ?
Many of my recipes are what I remember my mom made when we were growing up. I’ve re-made many of those recipes giving them new life.
I’m just a home cook, so of course I find recipes in magazines, cookbooks and the newer, low carb recipes are from many talented bloggers. I have also remade many of my recipes to be cooked/baked in the Air Fryer. This has become my favorite appliance.
I must say that cooking chicken in the air fryer always comes out moist and tender. Since chicken is the most popular protein my family eats, the Air Fryer is my best friend. Here’s a TIP: You can cook and bake more than chicken in the air fryer.
What kind of recipes do you make?
Family Friendly!!! I cook and bake what I know my family will enjoy. You might notice there are a few foods I do not often use, #1 – because my family does not like them; or #2 – it’s a food group that has been put on the “Foods Not Included On This Diet” list.
I also enjoy desserts. The tide has shifted for us since we need to be on low carb, low sugar diets. I have eliminated refined sugar by substituting Monk Fruit along with using grain free almond and coconut flour in some newer recipes. To fit this theme I also try to go dairy free when possible.
I have to be transparent here and spill the beans!
#1 – I could live without animal proteins (though I’m NOT a vegetarian). I often make recipes that are more vegetarian inspired but that’s just my personal preference. Grampy has no idea I do this. You should try the vegetarian chili. It’s hearty and delicious!
#2 – My family has a variety of issues with certain foods such as lactose, eggs, and gluten. They are not on a special diet, but I do re-make some of my recipes to fit their needs. That’s how I get to incorporate cauliflower. It really has been well received.
Why the name Wine Lady Cooks?
I know, you might be thinking it’s not a great “food” blog tag line. When I started blogging I also had a wine web site. On that site I was adding my recipes with wine pairing suggestions. After a few years I noticed the recipes were getting more hits than the wine info. So I kept the name Wine Lady Cooks since I do really cook, and added the tag line and bakes, quick and easy, sweet and savory.
Where do you get the photographs on the site?
I take every photograph – the good, the bad and even the very bad! One thing about photography, the more pictures you take the more you learn — I’m still learning! Here are a few photos of some of our family favorite recipes: air fryer Irish Soda Bread, Dairy Free Peach Ice Cream, Shrove Tuesday Pancakes, and Mediterranean Chicken.
The past year, I have slowed down on cooking and baking. Family life has taken on a more important role as the years roll by. I’ve been busy with helping my family as we try our best to age gracefully which has resulted in my cooking slow-down. This new routine has changed our daily lifestyle. It has given me time to take more photographs outdoors since my cooking days have lessened.
I have always been a ‘shutterbug’ – ever since I was a teen when my dad gave my sister and I a Kodak camera. We both have taken at least ‘ONE’ shot that we are proud to have framed and added to our ‘ family gallery’. There are actually quite a few shots we have of our toddler children and grandchildren. They never get old, and they are now part of our family history we can pass on down.
Some of my favorite photographs have been taken on a few of our family travels. You can see some of the travel photos on my Photograph Pinterest Board.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the recipes. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.