Shannon in Santa Fe thinking about dinner

Please note: This blog is officially closed. Please visit my main blog at shannonturlington.com.

I used to think that I couldn’t cook, or to be more precise, that I couldn’t cook anything that didn’t begin life in a jar or the freezer section of the supermarket. As I got more interested in food and wine, I began experimenting and reading cookbooks — and I discovered the secret that no one tells you: Cooking is easy! All you need to know are a few techniques and feel comfortable with your favorite ingredients, and you’re ready to go. Cooking is fundamentally creative, personal and meditative, and ultimately transitory. That meal only lasts for as long as it takes to get it into your stomach, and each meal brings something new.

Good cooking is ultimately a democratic activity. Despite our culture’s propensity to celebritize chefs as we must celebritize everything else, good cooking is never merely the province of the four-star restaurant. It occurs in homes all over the world. It is what satisfies and sustains us, what bonds the family around the dinner table, what fuels a group of friends gathered on the deck around the grill. Whenever we celebrate, we feast. When we comfort, we bring food.

The purpose of this blog is to share my cooking experiences: my favorite recipes, my successes and failures, what I’m learning about ingredients and techniques. I try to simplify cooking for you, by providing master recipes that you can adapt to your own tastes, explaining common cooking techniques and simplifying complicated cookbook recipes. Above all, I hope we can have fun cooking together.

There is a cook inside all of us. If I can do it, so can you. So, what are we making tonight?

–Shannon (shannon.turlington at gmail.com)

A Note About the Recipes

I don’t measure precise amounts when making recipes. I don’t expect you to either. The recipes posted on this blog — with the exception of baked goods — offer amounts as suggestions that you should feel free to adjust according to your tastes, the ingredients you have on hand and your cooking instinct. I trust you! While we’re on the subject, feel free to substitute one ingredient for another, or to double or halve recipes, or to do your own thing. That’s how cooking should be.

I should also mention that while I have made all of these recipes, I’m not a professional food writer. I don’t test the recipes several times or usually take notes while I am cooking. Sometimes I re-create recipes from memory. So caveat emptor. If you have suggestions or improvements, I’d love to hear about them, so please leave me a comment.

26 thoughts on “About

  1. Missy 10 July 2007 at 6:44 pm

    COOL site! Thanks for sharing! I found it when doing a Google search for sorbet, and I saved it to my favorites ASAP. Can’t wait to get the kids to bed to browse your recipes. Many of them sound fabulous! Thanks, Shannon!!

  2. Wasim 16 July 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Everything I cook either burns, has too much sugar, not enough sugar or if I bake a cake I can hit it with a hammer and it wont break ! Can you imagine tryin to eat it ?

    I hope I can cook someday !

  3. Fred Lee 2 May 2008 at 5:01 am

    Hi Shannon,

    Great site, very well done. Dare I say a most professional job. We love to cook, and like to include the kids. With the horrible state that food today is in, it makes perfect sense to know where it’s coming from and how it’s being prepared, and your site goes a long way to achieving this end. Thanks for all the great info/advice. BTW, we are HUGE Michael Pollan fans. Omnivore’s Dilemna should be in every person’s library.

  4. janetching 11 June 2008 at 9:28 am

    Hi Shanno, I have just started my own blog. I like you personal view about cooking. I thought I cannot cook too but it’s very enjoyable to cook for people who enjoy your food. Check out my blog if have time. I want try your Bruschetta recipe to go with my olive bread as I baked one for my friend and she said that’s a great combination. Happy cooking!

  5. tangstein 21 December 2008 at 7:30 pm

    LOVE your attitude toward cooking – let’s take back the kitchen, both from the celebrity chefs (who needs them when we have mothers and grandmothers?) and from the processed “food” product producers!

  6. uark2003 11 March 2009 at 4:38 pm

    This is such a great idea! I’m so glad that I fell upon your site. I just recently got into cook, believe the same principles as yourself, and can’t wait to follow your lead! Thanks for posting this for all of us “go get-ers” !

  7. Shannon 12 March 2009 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for visiting!

  8. Clete Davis (Mr.) 13 May 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Shannon, I tried to print out the recipe on “How to Make Sorbet”, but it would not print. What is the secret?


  9. Shannon 14 May 2009 at 9:08 am

    Clete – No secret, although I don’t have a formatted printable stylesheet set up for this blog. But just use your browser’s print function.

  10. foxygknits 15 June 2009 at 12:42 am

    Hi Shannon: I just posted a blog about “sherbet,” and your blog appeared on my website. Soooo, I decided to pay you a visit. Come see me!

  11. Henry Mortimer 11 July 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hi, Shannon. Thanks for listing my blog, Scribbleskiff. Just got a click-through yesterday. I’ll be sure to reciprocate. Cheers!

    Henry Mortimer

  12. Lisa 3 September 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I LOVE your site. Your cooking reminds me of me! I just started my blog for my friends – very basic. Yours is inspirational!

  13. Ajith 13 December 2009 at 2:07 am

    It’s really nice of you to share. I was looking for some sites sharing recipes in this detail

    Thank you very much Shannon..

  14. Katie - Anne Merry 30 June 2010 at 5:46 pm

    just to say thank you, I’m a beginner and i found your recipes and book lists very helpful and i loved the personal touch of adding personal experiences. i am now a bit more confident in the kitchen.

  15. Junior Chef Project 24 August 2010 at 10:57 am

    This blog is really neat! I like how your telling us HOW to do stuff, and teaching us the basics! It’s a really nice blog! Your are a good writer too!

  16. Shannon 24 August 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks, I appreciate that!

  17. GroundCherry 22 September 2011 at 7:41 pm

    A digital scale! They are a blessing.

  18. maldo1975 23 June 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I googled “easy buttermilk drop biscuits,” and got your blog. We really enjoyed your receipe. Thanks to you from our family!

  19. greenandclean 18 January 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I just found you by doing a Google search for coconut curry recipe. Love to happen upon a fellow WP blogger. Thanks for the recipe! I like your site and your credo.

  20. Cooking Thyme 4 April 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Amazing dishes you’ve got here, keep it up
    I will be trying some of them soon

  21. bloggerkt 13 April 2013 at 10:33 am

    Shannon, right on. Well said.

    Bookmarking your blog.

  22. Pat 26 May 2013 at 6:30 am

    I follow a few cooking blogs. My favorite is:


    I’m now going to check yours out daily. Pat

  23. msadetunji 12 March 2014 at 12:10 pm

    You not measuring precise ingredient quantities is so me! I do this for baked goods too but it would seem that that’s not right? Please enlighten me. I’m not a very patient person so I love making food that I can prepare quickly. I’ve also learned that cooking is NOT that difficult! That said, I don’t cook as much as I’d love to.
    I blog at ayamstuffed.wordpress.com where I chronicle my dining experience and whatever I make.

  24. Shannon 12 March 2014 at 3:13 pm

    You don’t have to measure for baked goods, but since they often rely on chemical processes for rising and what not, the results may not be as expected. Whereas precise quantities rarely make a difference in other kinds of recipes. Tastes vary, so experimentation is very much a good thing. Thanks for visiting!

  25. msadetunji 12 March 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Ah, okay thanks. And no problem at all!

  26. Whimisical Mind 24 June 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you for leaving this blog up. I love the post about simmering vegetables. I’m definitely going to sit back, relax with a cup of tea and read through this blog. Awesome. 🙂

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