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Old favorites…New discoveries.   Fresh and easy!

By Kath Dedon



The first book in my cookbook collection. I was probably about 11 when I got it. I loved it!

The birth of In the kitchen with Kath:

I really had no idea how this blog was going to develop when I started it on December 31, 2009. I just started blogging about what I was cooking. And I started thinking of family favorites that I wanted to include, like Pecan Pie, Crab Vermouth, and Mom’s Oatmeal Crispies.

But besides the old family favorites, there are a growing number of new favorites, too. Paging through my vast collection of cookbooks….checking out the latest on epicurious….reading other food blogs….I have always loved searching for new recipes to try.

As it turns out, blogging is a fantastic way for me to keep my recipes organized. As a cook who is always trying new things, I’ve lost or forgotten too many good ones over the years.

“Mom, would you make that good – insert whatever – you made before?”

“Hmm…I’m not sure exactly which one you mean…I wonder where that recipe is?”

Clearly, I should have started this years ago!

I need to give some credit to Bob. He never cooks. Never. Ever. But, he does all of the dishes every night. Every night! Thank you, sweetheart! And he enthusiastically appreciates everything I cook. Well, almost everything. I’m working on broccoli.

The recipes:

For the most part, I like to use fresh, wholesome ingredients. Any convenience products I do use have to be the highest quality with no “scary” ingredients on the label. (You won’t find canned cream of mushroom soup in any of my recipes.)

I like great flavor, and I look for recipes that deliver without a lot of unnecessary work. A lot of the recipes here are quite quick. And I’ve tried to write the recipes clearly enough that they’ll be easy for anyone to make.

Occasionally, you’ll find a recipe that is a little more complicated, but now and then it’s fun to try those, too. I like to attack them with Julia Child’s attitude:

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a ‘What the hell?’ attitude.” Julia Child

My photos:

I use a Canon A1100 IS PowerShot camera. Yes, it’s a “point-and-shoot”, but I use it in Manual mode so I can manage the settings myself. The camera came with only the most basic instructions, so I found the 132-page User Guide on Canon’s website and downloaded it; it has way more information than I have been able to digest. I’m still learning.

This camera has a viewfinder. I consider it an essential feature, but it’s becoming harder to find on point-and-shoot cameras.


Equipment update 2/6/11: It can be a challenge to take photos when there is no natural light available. I recently learned some new lighting tricks from another blogger, Marc Matsumoto of [no receipes]. (And to give credit where credit is due, I learned of Marc’s advice from Chef Dennis, from More Than A Mount Full.) Following his advice, I bought some Grono lamps at IKEA that can sit on my kitchen counter. Marc recommended 40W 5000K compact flourescent bulbs, and I found some at I am quite pleased with this inexpensive lighting solution!

Laura and Carrie gave me a Joby Gorillapod flexible tripod and I love it! It’s perfect for a lightweight camera like my Canon. (I don’t know how well it would work with a heavier camera.) I can set the timer and get sharp photos, which is especially useful for macro shots.

IKEA Grono lamps and my trusty Gorillapod


Equipment update 10/31/12: Lately I’ve started occasionally using my iPhone to capture images. They’re usually the photos that don’t look so great, but maybe I’ll become more skilled at iPhone photography with practice.


Equipment update 8/19/14: I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5s. The 5s takes much better images than my old phone, but I’m still going to need a lot more practice with it before it could possible replace my Canon. ;)


For the first couple of years I found to be pretty useful for “tweaking” my good photos into better ones. Since picnik closed in April, 2012, I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

Cookbooks, kitchen tools, and products mentioned in this blog:

The cookbooks, kitchen tools, and products mentioned in the blog are all things that I use and recommend. If I think a tool makes the recipe easier or a particular food product makes a difference in taste or quality, I like to let you know.

Any products or books mentioned in my blog are items I have purchased or have received as a gifts from family or friends. I do not accept free products or books to review.

I have a “Favorites in Kath’s Kitchen Store” where you can browse all of my recommended items in one place, if you wish. If you choose to purchase something from my store, you’ll pay the same price as you would at and have their same return policies, but amazon will play me a small commission. And I will appreciate your business! :)


I love getting comments. LOVE it! I read them all and try to respond in a timely manner. So don’t be shy. I would especially love to hear about how a recipe worked for you.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you find some interesting things to try in your own kitchen!

From Seattle…..In the kitchen with Kath!

137 Comments leave one →
  1. Becky permalink
    January 20, 2010 2:42 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful Blog. Do I see another Julie and Julia coming on? The recipes look very yummy and the pictures are amazing! I can’t wait to see what is next!


  2. January 20, 2010 4:05 pm

    Thanks, Becky! 8)

  3. April 5, 2010 4:31 pm

    Hey Kitchen Kath!! I’m Kath Eats Real Food. Fun to see there’s another Kath food blogger out there :)

  4. April 5, 2010 4:34 pm

    Hi Real Food Kath!
    It is fun to meet another Kath food blogger–and we both believe in Real Food, too!

  5. April 6, 2010 9:36 am

    Glad to see you enjoyed the ham for Easter! Just thought I would let you know you can find us on Facebook at We recently posted your blog on our wall and are very excited you had a great Snake River Farms experience!!

    • April 6, 2010 10:00 am

      Thanks, Annella! I just became a Fan of Snake River Farms on Facebook! (And we’re enjoying great leftovers!)

  6. Peter permalink
    April 17, 2010 11:29 pm

    Great site! I just stumbled on this via Photograzing.

    Keep up the super work!

  7. Kath permalink
    April 25, 2010 9:25 am

    Hi Kath… I’m another foodie Kath but don’t have a blog yet. You’ve motivated me to look into it. I love your site!!

    • April 25, 2010 9:37 am

      Thanks for you kind comment, Kath!

      You should give blogging a try. I just started in January, and I’m having so much fun with it. makes it easy to get started, and it’s free. Explore to learn from the experts.

  8. June 20, 2010 8:02 am

    Hi Kath, I’m back again and I hate to ask. I think it was you who left a comment on my blog but I could be wrong. When I accepted comments this morning, one did not show up, and I’m not sure where it went. Thanks so much.

    • June 20, 2010 8:41 am

      Hi Nirmala, I did comment on what I think was your second post back in 2006 about your philosophy about food. I totally agree with your thoughts about eating real food. You have a great blog, and I will be exploring it some more.

  9. July 22, 2010 8:02 pm

    Kath, Your photos are amazing and make me want to create each and everyone of your posts. How do you get such great shots?

    • July 22, 2010 9:02 pm

      Wow, Sherri, thank you so much! I have a modest point-and-shoot camera and I find that getting good photos is the great creative challenge with my blog. I guess it’s just practice, practice, practice. And I use for editing.

  10. September 1, 2010 9:38 am

    Hi Kath,
    You commented on my blog post about grilling grassfed burgers a while back and I didn’t get a chance to check out your site until now. This is one of the best About pages I’ve seen. The way you’ve detailed everything is so upfront and clear. I don’t know if you were at the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle last weekend, but your transparency was just what was recommended in the session on law and ethics.
    I started my blog the same time you did. It’s such a learning process! I’m definitely going to spend more time on your site to see what you’ve done from the beginning.
    Hope you’re making great grassfed burgers without fear!

    • September 1, 2010 9:56 am

      Thank you so much, Lynne! I didn’t attend the IFBC, but I followed along a bit through a couple of people who were live blogging (I can’t remember who…I just stumbled on to them). I did pick up some good tips. And just last week I bought Dianne Jacob’s Will Write for Food. It’s been updated this year and includes a chapter on blogging. I haven’t read much yet, but I think it will be a great resource.

      I knew that my old About page was pretty lame, but when I started this blog I wasn’t quite sure what it was “about” or what people would want/need to know about me. It was time to update it, and so I reworked it last weekend.

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

  11. September 1, 2010 10:58 am

    Kath, I received Lynn’s comment above in my inbox – still don’t know all my connections – but it made me read your ‘about’ page. This is just so coincidental because last night, truly I was telling my husband the book that started my love of cooking and it’s the Betty Crocker book you have posted above. I bought it at a school book fair and coveted it for years. Now it seems I can’t stop buying cook books. Also, my partner, April is based in Seattle – she’s a Cardiologist and posts great info in between patients and research Thank you for sharing and informing us newbie bloggers. Do you mind if I put you in my link list? Best, Sherri

    • September 1, 2010 3:57 pm

      Hi Sherri,
      That is so funny about the cookbook! I just loved it. My original copy escaped somehow, but I found another one on ebay a few years ago. Now I see that it has been re-released for a whole new generation to enjoy!

      My policy is that I don’t do link exchanges (i.e. “I’ll put you on my blogroll if you put me on yours.”) but you’re welcome to share my blog if you think it will be helpful to your readers.

      Thanks for your comment!

  12. January 9, 2011 10:24 am

    I had the same cookbook! Love your blog.

  13. krista permalink
    February 15, 2011 11:13 pm

    Wow Kath…I just discovered your blog! Im going to tune in more often and try out your yummy recipes…it all looks so good and you make it look eeeeeeeasy!

    Hope all is well…smiles…Krista

    • February 16, 2011 6:47 am

      Hi, Krista! I do love easy, yet yummy! Thanks for your comment; great to “see” you here! :)

  14. March 31, 2011 7:07 pm

    Just wondering what your photos would look like with a professional camera … they are just amazing with this little one … nice blog … I’m not a meat eater other than chicken but I still enjoyed your blog, each entry is very well done. Congrats!

    • March 31, 2011 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Chris! I really appreciate your complement on the photographs. A new camera’s not in the cards right now, but maybe someday! ;)

  15. July 25, 2011 7:48 am

    I love your philosophy on food, Kath! I love to cook and bake and also started my blog as a way to share beloved recipes and new found favorites :). I’m also trying to do a lot more mindful cooking (hence the name of my blog) so I’m excited to see you also cook using “real” foods. I look forward to reading your recipes!

  16. August 30, 2011 4:19 pm

    I had that Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls, too! But, I still have mine. I didn’t know it had been re-released! – guess I will have to get some for my grandgirls.

  17. ginnie lupo permalink
    October 13, 2011 5:44 pm

    Kath – I had no idea you were such a foodie; what a fun blog page! I plan to be a big fan. – Ginnie Lupo

    • October 13, 2011 5:57 pm

      Ginnie! Hi! What a surprise to see you here. There’s nothing too fancy here…just good home cooking. I do like to eat well! :) The blog just seemed like a great way to organize my favorite recipes. Thanks for making a comment; I love that you found the blog.

  18. October 24, 2012 8:20 pm

    Hi Kath! Your blog is so beautiful and pictures are amazing. I think I can learn a thing or two from about food phtography! Would love to read your future posts!

  19. rachelhammer permalink
    September 4, 2013 6:49 pm

    Hello again Kath! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because I believe you most deserve it for inspiring me at Bake This Daily Bread. You don’t have to accept of course, but please accept this nomination as my sincere kudos for the work you do on your blog. Keep it up! Here’s the post with you featured:

    • September 5, 2013 7:08 am

      Thank you so much, Rachel! It’s an honor to be included in your list of nominees! :)

  20. Jim Barbera permalink
    November 30, 2013 12:14 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for the Perfect Rib-eye Roast recipe. I adapted it to an 8 pound boneless from Costco and it was the hit of our Thanksgiving dinner. I varied it slightly, using my gas grill for the high temp (500°) beginning period so I could sear the roast on both sides before putting it in the oven. The cast iron skillet did the trick. It cooked a lot faster that I thought it would. First check was 30 minutes early and it was already at 135° so I yanked it out. It reached 145° after 30 minutes on the counter. A solid medium.

    I’ll be back to try more of your recipes.

    Thanks again!


    • December 12, 2013 5:48 am

      I like your idea of searing it on the grill, Jim! And you are so right about checking it with a thermometer. Glad you liked it, and Happy Holidays!

  21. Sandi permalink
    December 12, 2013 4:38 am

    Ok so I have left over ham and my husband was wanting split pea soup, so of course I do a search for the best recipe ever! And that’s what brought me to your blog. I have never followed anyone on blog before but after looking at all your recipes and yummy pictures, I am now a blog follower and I’m so excited to try each and everyone of your recipes! Lol
    I wish I had been following you since 2009. It would have making dinner decisions so much easier! Thanks for blogging!!! Oh by the way, I have Julia Childs cookbooks and never once thought to look there for a split pea soup recipe……shame on me, but you got that covered!!!

    • December 12, 2013 5:51 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Sandi, and thanks for following! I hope you find many recipes that you enjoy here. :)

  22. February 1, 2014 7:27 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my blog; it helped me find yours. :-) You have some lovely recipes that I look forward to trying.

  23. Paddy in Ireland permalink
    November 13, 2014 8:31 am

    Yes, cream of tartar is the missing ingredient! Thanks for that, Kath. I’ve a box of French Fecule in the cupboard, which I only used for souffles. Much Better Bisuits

    • November 13, 2014 8:34 am

      Thanks for your comment, Paddy! Isn’t it amazing how such a little thing can make a big difference?


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  4. Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup « In the kitchen with Kath
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  8. Homemade Noodles « In the kitchen with Kath
  9. Roasted Vegetable Curry « In the kitchen with Kath
  10. Super Quick and Easy Olive Oil Biscuits « In the kitchen with Kath
  11. Flax Buns « In the kitchen with Kath
  12. Boiled Lobster Tails « In the kitchen with Kath
  13. Easy Roast Salmon Fillets « In the kitchen with Kath
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  15. Ratatouille | In the kitchen with Kath
  16. Slow Roasted St. Louis Style Ribs | In the kitchen with Kath
  17. Easter Egg Curry (Pyaaz Waale Unday) | In the kitchen with Kath
  18. Scotch Teas | In the kitchen with Kath
  19. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan | In the kitchen with Kath
  20. Quick and Easy Panang Curry | In the kitchen with Kath
  21. Maui Ribs | In the kitchen with Kath
  22. Blackened Fish Baja Tacos | In the kitchen with Kath
  23. Massaged Kale Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  24. Cauliflower and Herbed Barley Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  25. Fresh Mint Frozen Yogurt | In the kitchen with Kath
  26. Mustard Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Lentil and Chickpea Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  27. Quinoa, Pepper, and Cannellini Bean Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  28. Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie | In the kitchen with Kath
  29. Homemade Honey-Sweetened Ginger Ale | In the kitchen with Kath
  30. Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce | In the kitchen with Kath
  31. Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos | In the kitchen with Kath
  32. Mexican Three Bean Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  33. Sourdough Spicy Cheddar Crackers | Bake This Day Our Daily Bread
  34. Winter Cauliflower Salad | In the kitchen with Kath
  35. Braised Kale with Bacon | In the kitchen with Kath
  36. Hungarian Beef Stew | In the kitchen with Kath
  37. Caramelized Apples | In the kitchen with Kath
  38. Spiced Hazelnuts | In the kitchen with Kath
  39. Cabbage Braised with Onions | In the kitchen with Kath
  40. Roasted Zucchini Torta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella | In the kitchen with Kath
  41. Poblano-Chicken Sausage Chili | In the kitchen with Kath
  42. Ideas for Leftover Turkey | In the kitchen with Kath
  43. Teriyaki Salmon | In the kitchen with Kath
  44. Maple Molasses Pecans | In the kitchen with Kath
  45. Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce | In the kitchen with Kath
  46. Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake | In the kitchen with Kath
  47. Chinese Chicken Wings | In the kitchen with Kath
  48. Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing | In the kitchen with Kath
  49. Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion & Cumin | In the kitchen with Kath
  50. Creamy Yukon Gold Potato Gratin | In the kitchen with Kath
  51. Flourless Orange Cake | In the kitchen with Kath
  52. Senate Bean Soup for Two | In the kitchen with Kath
  53. Roasted Mushrooms | In the kitchen with Kath
  54. Corn Frittata with Pecorino-Romano Cheese | In the kitchen with Kath
  55. Roasted Bell Peppers | In the kitchen with Kath
  56. Gluten Free Southern Fried Chicken | In the kitchen with Kath
  57. Mongolian Beef | In the kitchen with Kath
  58. Sweet-and-Sour Peppers with Oil-Cured Olives | In the kitchen with Kath
  59. A Day Trip to Paradise | In the kitchen with Kath
  60. Cucumber Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese | In the kitchen with Kath
  61. Brussels Sprouts with Sausage | In the kitchen with Kath
  62. Rack of Lamb for Two | In the kitchen with Kath
  63. Braised Beef Brisket | In the kitchen with Kath
  64. Maple (or honey) Sweetened Pumpkin Bread | In the kitchen with Kath
  65. Curry Dip with Crudités | In the kitchen with Kath
  66. Almond Flour Pie Crust | In the kitchen with Kath
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  71. Chocolate Chip Mint Frosting | In the kitchen with Kath
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  74. Apple Crisp (or any Fruit Crisp) | In the kitchen with Kath
  75. Petite Flourless Chocolate Cake | In the kitchen with Kath
  76. Pecan Pie for Two in honor of Pi Day | In the kitchen with Kath
  77. Corned Beef sans Cabbage | In the kitchen with Kath
  78. Coconut Macaroons for Two | In the kitchen with Kath
  79. Spicy Carrot Salad with Pilpelchuma | In the kitchen with Kath
  80. Slow Cooker Chicken Mole | In the kitchen with Kath
  81. Brisket with Berbere & Whiskey Barbecue Sauce | In the kitchen with Kath
  82. Homemade Dungeness Crab Cakes | In the kitchen with Kath
  83. Hummus with Smoked Paprika | In the kitchen with Kath
  84. Coconut Sweetened Chocolate Cake | In the kitchen with Kath
  85. Ivar’s Famous Tartar Sauce | In the kitchen with Kath
  86. Etta’s “Rubbed with Love” Salmon | In the kitchen with Kath
  87. All-American Potato Salad for Two | In the kitchen with Kath
  88. Quick Rub for Roast or Grilled Chicken | In the kitchen with Kath
  89. Chop Salad with Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, and Bacon | In the kitchen with Kath
  90. Oven Fried Curly Fries | In the kitchen with Kath
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  93. Peach Crisp | In the kitchen with Kath
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  95. Slow-Roasted Tomatoes | In the kitchen with Kath
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  97. Jacques Pépin’s Broiled Salmon with Miso Glaze – for Two | In the kitchen with Kath
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