A Quick Foodie Update

Hi There

As mentioned in one of the posts last week, this blog is in the process of switching themes, chefs, gears, if you will!

Beginning on September 1st, I will be focusing my cooking endeavors on the Pioneer Woman’s recipes instead of the Barefoot Contessa. You can read more about the change itself and why I felt I needed it in this post.

So, in order to prepare for this and have a few posts ready to go right off the bat, I’ve been busy cooking some of the recipes from the Pioneer Woman. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Check out the blog on September 1st, for the first PW recipe review.

Until then, readers….

A Quick Update

It’s been a while since the last time I’ve made anything food-wise. That’s obviously led to the blog being a bit quiet. However, this weekend I am excited to try something new! A coworker of mine raises ducks and she gave me a full dozen duck eggs to try. I’ve heard that duck eggs are wonderful to use in baking, so naturally, I have to test it out. The results will be coming soon!

It’s Finally Done!

Hey, y’all!

I did it! I finally did it!

I finally was able to create index pages for each of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks! All 12 pages can now be viewed and I was even able to update them to where I am at with cooking through the recipes.

Click here to see what I’m talking about. I’m so happy that I was finally able to do this. It actually didn’t take me as long as I thought it would.


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It’s June!


I can’t believe it! What happened to May? It appears that, to date, May was my least active month on the blog. There was a reason for that: things started to open up, activities began again, and my time became more constrained. However, some of the things I had lined up for this summer have fell through, which is too bad for me, but it’s great for the blog!

I have a personal goal for June: 6 recipes made during the month.

To be honest, doing two will be easy since my birthday is just around the corner. I will, obviously, be making my own cake. I’m also making cupcakes for a work thing next week, as well.

I am going to try to include at least one savory recipe in the mix, but, as you may have noticed, my focus on been on baking.

What Cake Am I Making For My Birthday?

It actually took me quite a while to find one that appealed to me. I knew I wanted to branch out a bit and make something outside of the Barefoot Contessa and Magnolia Bakery canon (even though the latter has some amazing cake recipes). After some searching online, I decided to stick to a tried and true baking blog: Sally’s Baking Addiction.

After paging through recipe after recipe, and one mouth-watering photo after another, I finally made my decision!

What cake is it?

It’s a surprise. You’ll have to wait until next week to find out!

Herbal Update June 1, 2021

Earlier today, I submitted all the assignments for the Ethnobotany module in the Phytotherapy Program at Heart of Herbs. I now move onto the Microbiology module.

In a few more modules, I will be beginning the Master Clinical Herbalist course portion of the program. That is when I plan to post these Herbal Updates a bit more frequently.

Herbal Blessings!

Herbal Update March 10, 2021

This is another quick post, but that seems to be the theme of the week, so why not keep it going?

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I started the Phytotherapy Diploma program from Heart of Herbs Herbal School. This is an intensive program with many components. However, the program begins with a section on Anatomy & Physiology. This was a difficult section because it was science-based. And while I understand the educational benefit of this section and some of the others that I will be completing, I am really looking forward to the herb stuff.

However, I have recently finished the A&P unit, so I am moving onto botany, which will be more interesting to me. I can’t wait to start it over the weekend!

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Busy Few Days in the Kitchen…

Aside from the usual Friday night dinner recipe (which I made on Saturday this week), I made two additional recipes that I didn’t really plan on making. Luckily, I was able to make them all Ina recipes, so they all count towards the blog! Stay tuned this week as I review and post about each one!

Of course, I’ll have an herbal related post, even though they are less popular than some others. And I’ll be posting my February wrap-up post as well!

Site Update Annoucement

Hello Faithful Readers!

If you’re like me, you can’t wait for 2020 to come to an end.

While I know that once the calendar flips to January 1st, 2021 things won’t magically change, but I think the start of a new year will give people hope as we start seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Much like the calendar will be turning a new page to a new year, I have decided to take this blog to the next level in 2021.

What does this mean?

While I am and always will be an Ina Garten fan, I have found the focus of only making and reviewing her recipes a little too restrictive for my tastes. So, I’ve decided to branch out the blog to focus other chefs and cookbooks authors. I feel that overall this will give me more freedom and better training-through-cookbooks than only sticking with Ina’s recipes.

This is not to say I will never make another Ina recipe.

However, the freedom this provides me may prove more interesting and inspiring…also a little less fattening and more cost-effective.

What does this mean for the Blog?

Since I will no longer solely be focused on recipes written by Ina Garten, I have decided to change to a new domain that better reflects the brand I am trying to create and the overall goal of this blog.

Thus, beginning on January 1st, 2021 the Blog will become Ryan’s Kitchen Journal and live at a new domain ryanskitchenjournal.com.

Don’t worry! The current URL will “point” to the new one until August, when the old domain expires.

I am working on some great things over the next few weeks to help improve the site and make it better overall. This may even include a new site design but we shall see!

I hope you continue to follow me on this journey. As always, thanks for reading!