I’m Karen Ciancio, and CookingNook.com is not only my blog, it’s my pride and joy.
I love pouring through cookbooks of all kinds.
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people with a huge cookbook library.
Cookbooks take me to wonderful places and get my creative juices flowing.
Do I always follow those wonderful, sometimes complicated looking, recipes? No.
I tend towards more down home cooking in my own kitchen, with a nod to some healthy eating.
Like most people these days, I have a busy schedule (why are we all so busy?), so I always look for recipes that taste delicious but don’t keep me in the kitchen all day.
Sometimes I just make up my own. The ones that work you will hear about on this site, the others – well, let’s just say some things are better left alone. 🙂
I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada, a part of the country that grows everything from a huge variety of fresh vegetables to luscious fruits like strawberries, peaches, plums, apples and so much more. We are also a great wine producing area. So where I live also gets my creative cooking ideas flowing. You can’t live surrounded by so much abundance and not be inspired!
I have wanted to share my passion for a long time – to show people that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult to taste wonderful and that a few little variations in a recipe can create something completely different and delicious. I guess I have a desire to help other people unleash their creative spirit too, just like pouring through cookbooks and making great food unleashes mine.
I invite you to participate in this site as much as you would like. Use the comment box on any page to send me your own recipes and cooking tips or to comment on any of the recipes that you have tried and enjoyed, want to try or think you have a better version of. All is welcome.
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Niagara, Ontario, Canada