Well, hello there!
For those who don't know, my name is Mandy. For the past few years, I've been the editor and main blogger over at our sister site, Ketovangelist.com. It is my very great honor to be the new host of the Ketovangelist Kitchen site, and co-host of the Ketovangelist Kitchen podcast. I am humbled by the trust and confidence Mr. Ketovangelist (aka, Brian Williamson) and the entire team has placed in me, and I hope to work hard enough for you to be worthy of their faith.
Welcome to the Ketovangelist Kitchen!
I'm very excited to be able to share my vision for the Ketovangelist Kitchen website with you all! If you regularly listen to the Ketovangelist podcast, you may have already learned a bit about my roots, but for those who don't know, I'm very much a Southern gal, and so the food I make reflects that upbringing and cuisine culture. I'm also a work-from-home housewife and homeschooling mother of two. In between teaching my kids, writing and editing, and general housekeeping, I will be working hard in my home kitchen to bring you guys keto recipes with the kind of big flavor for which we Southerners are famous.
While I am a very good cook- if I may say so myself- I am not a professional chef. My cooking skills have come not from any formal culinary training, but from personal interest, research, time, and lots of practice! Thankfully, I have inherited a very good eye (or, more accurately, palate) for flavor combinations from my gorgeous mother, and I'm really good at picking out the best elements and ideas from various places, and putting them together in a way that, very often, yields something special. My cooking style is probably much more what you might call "down home" than professional chefery. I do like to dabble in exotic cuisine and stuff that's a bit more gourmet, so while a lot of what you will see here is going to be fairly practical, every day meal-type recipes, I can fancy it up with the best of them from time to time!
What I'm most excited about is a general expansion of the Kitchen's mission into more of a blog-style. My personal keto philosophy is that if it's gonna work, it's got to be livable. In my time working with the Ketovangelist Coaching program, I have found that most people are able to thrive on a ketogenic lifestyle, but they might need some help figuring out how to implement it in their everyday lives. The "ideal" can be very intimidating (and expensive!), and many people are under the impression that they must make absolutely everything from scratch, that all their ingredients have to be the super expensive "organic" and specialty items, and that every meal has to be a beautifully plated show stopper. While that sounds nice in theory, the reality is that most people don't have the time or the inclination to do all that at every meal, every day, and so my goal is to show you how you can make this thing work in your own circumstances. Whether you're a single cooking for one, a mom or dad (or a grandpa or grandma) cooking for a crowd, or on a tight budget, you can live keto and it does not have to be complicated, budget-busting, or intimidating.
In addition to building up a substantial repertoire of free recipes, I plan on including things in the Kitchen like: grocery hauls, so you can see how I shop for my family of four; budget cooking tips; explanations of confusing topics (for example, see my pre-existing post on the difference between measuring weight and volume); and tips and tricks I use in my own kitchen to get dinner on the table each evening and satisfy four completely different palates while keeping it 100% keto. All of that is in addition to the awesome podcast Brian and I are putting together for y'all each week.
I'm a pretty ambitious gal, and I hope that y'all will stick with me while I build the Kitchen out into something exciting and a bit more expansive. Most of all, I thank you for giving me a chance, and I hope I can live up to the caliber and quality that our Facebook group members, blog readers, and podcast listeners have come to expect.