Day 5 – Why I Married a Chef [Recipe Round-up]

When you’re as bad at cooking as I am and you have no desire to learn to cook, you find a way around it. For today’s #CrazyThankful post, I’ll tell you why I married a chef and I’ve rounded up a few of his recipes that have been featured on my blog!

Why I Married a Chef

November 5, 2015

When I was growing up, my mom cooked dinner every single night. When I was very young, she was actually a cafeteria lunch lady. She made a full-fledged dinner every night and it was ready to eat between 5 and 6pm when my dad got home from work. She taught my older sister a few things about cooking, but I was never really interested in learning. Once I got older, I regretted not spending more time in the kitchen with my mom. I remember living alone and wishing I knew how to cook something more than just in the microwave (where I’ve often even burnt food).

Meat & Cheese Manicotti #GiveHeartburnARest #CollectiveBias #ad

Over time, I have learned a few things from friends and other family members. I have one signature dish, Meat and Cheese Manicotti, that my family raves about, but for the most part, I never really grew an interest in learning to cook on a regular basis.

But, a girl’s gotta eat, ya know!

Enter Howard. He’s my wonderful husband I told you about a couple of days ago, but unless you follow my blog on a regular basis, you might not know that he was a chef for almost 20 years!

Howard never went to culinary school, but he worked his way up through the ranks from the time he was 14 years old. He has worked in places like the Renaissance hotel in Austin, TX and Streetside Seafood in Detroit, MI. He can make a recipe with just about anything and I often tease him about applying for Chopped on the Food Network. Basically, if you can eat it, he can make it!

So, today I have decided to honor my husband, my personal chef, once again, and round up his recipes that have been featured on my blog. And this afternoon, we’ll be featuring one more so stay tuned!

Caramel Macchiato Sour Cream Coffee Cake #FoundMyDelight [ad] #CollectiveBias

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Cake ♦

Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce #WhatsYourRanch #CollectiveBias #ad

♦ Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce ♦

Spicy Mango Salsa Recipe #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias #ad

Spicy Mango Salsa ♦

Quick and Easy Tortellini Salad #BacktoBalance #ad #CollectiveBias

♦ Tortellini Salad Dish with Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette ♦

Quick & Easy Breakfast Pizza Recipe #GoldrichYolk #ad

Breakfast Pizza ♦

Romantic dinner inspired by pepperoni #PepItUp #CollectiveBias #ad

Romantic Dinner using Pepperoni – 3 recipes! ♦

Quick & Easy Breakfast Idea: Baked Eggs in Sausage Hashbrowns Cups #GoldrichYolk

♦ Baked Eggs in Sausage Hashbrowns Cups ♦

Counting My Blessings #CrazyThankful #Thankful30

Join me on my journey to write 30 days of thankfulness in the month of November for NaBloPoMo and follow my hashtag – #CrazyThankful – to find out what I’m thankful for this month and all year long!

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Nicole Escat says:

    You’re so blessed to have a chef husband. I feel you but my husband is not a chef, he just knowing a lot of recipe.

  2. If I daydream about winning the lottery, it includes a full-time chef & housekeeper. Sounds like you hit the jackpot with your husband. Those all look so good!

  3. I know how to cook but since I am single I mostly survive on pasta with stuff thrown in for good measure! I dated many cooks over the years and took full advantage of them THINKING I did not know how LOL. You are extremely lucky to be married to a chef who also actually likes to cook!!

  4. Wow! What a blessing! All of these dishes look absolutely delicious!

  5. Everything looks so good. I wish my husband cooked for me.

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