This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes. Be fearless, and above all have fun. ~Julia Child
Hi! My name is Jean, a wife, mother, sister, daughter and lover of all things food related. I suppose the signs steering me towards the kitchen have always been there… one of my earliest memories is of my grandfather giving me my first taste of lobster and my toddler self spending the rest of the meal trying to swipe more off his plate- much to his amusement and my very proper grandmother’s chagrin. My sister and brothers can recount wonderful family vacations visiting historical sites, beaches on both coasts and theme parks. I also remember those trips well, but my memories are tied to what and where we ate… the crunch of pumpkin muffins sprinkled with raw sugar in the Berkshires, fresh briny steamers dipped in melted butter at the beach, peanut soup down south, and even a dinner at the Moroccan restaurant in Epcot. Today, whether I am home or away… I am already thinking of lunch as I wipe the crumbs from breakfast off my lips. I read cookbooks like novels- cover to cover and read novels that double as cookbooks; have you ever made Ruth Reichl’s Channing Way Shrimp Curry from Comfort Me with Apples?
Being in the kitchen is therapy for me… creating, sharing; bringing friends and family together over a meal is my happy place. It’s a way to explore different cultures and regions, nourishing our minds and appetites at the same time. So welcome to White House Red Door! Here you’ll find what I’m cooking for my family and what’s inspiring me in the kitchen. My hope is that you’ll see something here that inspires you to get into the kitchen, to bring your friends and family together.