Hi! I’m Anne. Welcome  to my kitchen!

When I started Inhabited Kitchen, I lived in Manhattan, in an apartment with the smallest kitchen I’ve ever had even in New York City, with Rich, who eats and washes up, and two cats, who get underfoot (because that’s the Cat Job…) Now, though, in January 2018, we pulled up stakes and moved to North Carolina to live with (and assist) his parents – Barbara and Don. So my cooking changes yet again, to feed four and accommodate their tastes – but the essentials remain the same.

I first cooked for myself every day in a dorm, in college, so learned early to keep things simple. Now, I have chronic migraine (which is improving, thank you) so I absolutely must keep my cooking simple. At the same time, for reasons of health and budget – and taste – I do not want to rely on commercially prepared food, whether packaged or from restaurants.  If I cook it myself, I know what I am eating, and can control both quality and cost.

And, to complicate matters slightly, while I have been writing this blog I have discovered that I have issues with gluten.  So now this has become a Gluten Free Blog – but really, that’s almost a sideline. I will occasionally post recipes for Gluten Free baked goods and the like, as I figure them out, and I will discuss alternatives – but mostly, I cook the way I did all along – pot roast and vegetarian bean soups and lots and lots of vegetables.  No matter what you do or do not eat, you will probably find something here you will like!

I am self employed, and for years I represented products in retail stores. Doing so, I have sold both food and cookware, done cooking demos in stores for each, and spoken to very many people about cooking. I have learned that many have been convinced by TV shows, glossy magazines, and Foodie friends that cooking must be complex and take vast amounts of time and effort. Or else you just eat frozen dinners or order out.

Well, I hope to show that this is a not a forced choice. There are quick sauces, easy dishes, and shortcuts that do not compromise quality. We eat well, without wearing me out.

And, finally, there is nothing like putting a delicious, homemade meal on the table. And I want you to know that experience, despite any apparent obstacles.


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About me — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. I've lived in places with small kitchens and not so small kitchens, and I have a few friends who have lived some part of their lives in New York City, so I can appreciate what you have to work with it. Up until five years ago, I was one of those people who believed good food had to take hours to prepare and I wasn't willing to invest that much time in something that would take an hour (probably less) to gobble up. But since then, I've also turned towards trying to cook as often as possible from whole foods -- and we try our best to avoid processed foods at all costs! Keep sharing your meals!

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