Hi, my name is Eri. I’m 25, and I love food.

I didn’t always.  For a period of time, my idea of cooking was tossing a block of ramen noodles into a couple inches of boiling water, then sprinkling a packet of flavored salt over it.  When I met my then boyfriend, Mat, he expressed some interest in cooking.  For our first Christmas, I bought him a Calphalon wok and a cookbook.  Soon we collected a few more cookbooks, and enjoyed the fruits of our “studies.”  A few years later, we moved in together in a small apartment 100 miles from home.  Somewhere along the line I decided I would cook.  It took off from there.

Many of my recipes are not my own.  I’ve not hit the point in my cooking that I can whip up anything from scratch.  Some of my family recipes I can, but others, especially baking, I cannot.  I’m working on it.  Slowly but surely, cooking became my creative outlet, my source of therapy, my meditations.  It is incredibly calming and I am (almost) always pleased with the results.  I take pleasure in cooking and feeding people, and if I love someone, I will feed them.  I don’t have a huge budget, but I can be creative, which makes up for a lot of that.

This blog is dedicated to my grandmother, Norma.  A fantastic cook, she taught me everything she knew.  My weekends and Summers were spent at her home, learning how to cook.    She told me I was one of the few who bothered to learn anything about cooking from her, but that she wanted someone to carry this on.  She taught me a number of recipes, others she did not and took with her when she passed away in 2005.  Of all of her things, all I asked for, and got, were her recipes books, hand-written on fragile notecards.  This is her legacy.  They are incredibly precious to me.

Everything I cook, bake, or conceptualize is dedicated to her, for encouraging a budding interest in cooking in me.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiffany
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 00:44:40

    Hi Eri,

    I just stumbled across your blog after trying to look up restaurant hours for Ogawa. Clearly you live in,on, or around Morgantown, otherwise you would not review the restaurants around here. Having lived here for quite a while, and also having traveled to the other side of the globe, I am wondering why you would decide to live here and host a blog on food. I don’t mean to be insulting, I just want to state the fact that we are a town that caters to college students, and therefore rather limited in authentic choices. I am very glad, however, that there is at least one of each type which is better than most small towns. Either way it is still nice to know that there are food reviews being done even in remote places like this.

    My only other question is whether or not you have ever tried to make yakibuta ramen. It is one of my favorite ramen dishes, but unfortunately (according to cookingwithDog- not what you think people!) it is quite tedious, time consuming, and there is no gurantee you’ll get it right! If you ever decide to make it, I will very happily come steal some 🙂



    • Eri
      Nov 22, 2010 @ 01:13:31

      Well, I go to school at WVU, so that is my reasoning behind living and, thus, reviewing here. Plus, I rather like Morgantown. For all the bending over backwards the city does for the students, there are quite a few gems here, if you know where to look. More and more restaurants, such as Kenyan Cafe, Sargasso, and Daniel’s, are popping up that are apart from the university culture here. There are very much two different cultures in Morgantown, it’s a matter of immersing yourself in which one you so choose.

      As for yakibuta ramen I have not made it actually. After living on ramen in the dorms, I haven’t had much of a taste for it. Perhaps I could give it another shot though. 🙂 Thanks for reading!



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