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Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Taste Profile

To give you a glimpse into what you can expect to read here, here’s a little more information.

I live near Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve lived in Tennessee my entire life (birth through high school graduation in the north west, college in the south west, and post-college til now in the middle). My skills aren’t extensive, but I still manage to impress my friends every now and then. I work in marketing, and I know that there is a niche out there like me. I’m not writing for gourmet chefs. I hope to stay true to my audience.

My tastes have a decent amount of variation. I try to be adventurous, but sometimes I play it safe.

On meat, I have a set of guidelines. I don’t like things that look like they did when they were alive, meaning with bones, fat, sinew, heads, etc. Bacon, deli turkey, and burgers keep me from being a full-time pescetarian.

My token ingredient (much like EVOO to Rachel and butta to Paula) is freshly minced garlic. I don’t believe in garlic breath. Vampires beware. I also love an element of “dirty.” “Dirty” defined is a guilty-pleasure ingredient to take something ordinary over the edge, like adding cream cheese to spaghetti. My favorite flavor combination is tomato and cream.

My goals include trying and cooking new foods, experimenting with spices, and making things from scratch that are usually store bought.

I love

  • Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • International cuisine (probably the more Americanized ones though), specifically Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai
  • Experimenting with tofu
  • Mayonnaise
  • Chopping!!! I could do it all day long.
  • Chocolate
  • Baking

Also, my husband is, self-admittedly, a VERY picky eater. If you are a picky eater or living with one, I hope that you can find a few things here to add to your repertoire.

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments


That’s Me! Photo credit: Laura Moseley

Who is Betty Becca?

My name is Becca, but I’ve been called Betty Crocker more than once.

You may be surprised to learn that before I got married, my boyfriend (now husband) of seven years did all the cooking. I’d never done even the basics like making spaghetti and browning ground beef. I knew enough to feed myself: boxed pasta and rice meals and cookies. However, when it came to putting a meal together (and multi-tasking…gasp), I had no idea what I was doing. I’ll admit; I was scared.

Well, flashback to that fateful time as a newly married woman with no domestic skills, I had to conquer my fear and get going. You should know that I had recently graduated from college and moved to a new city. My freshly minted degree was in marketing, and it was the beginning of the lovely recession. Naturally, that meant I didn’t have a job. I knew that I had to bite the bullet and take care of our household, and that meant learning to prepare meals. I think a lot of folks in my generation are in my situation. We rely on restaurants and processed food because of our lack of skills and experience (and bravery) in the kitchen.

My mantra became “no excuses.” If I come across a recipe that interests me, I give it a try. I’ve learned a lot through trial, and I really haven’t had that many nightmare experiences. I’m here to give you my notes from the lessons I’ve picked up along the way, in the kitchen and around the house. I hope you learn something new and gain a little confidence along the way.

In the years I’ve been blogging, some things have changed. It’s kinda neat how your ways in the kitchen evolve as you grow from a single person just out on your own to a newlywed to a family. Now that I have a toddler running around, I have a whole new frontier to cover. There’s a little more planning involved, and I’m still loving finding our way in the world of food. Here’s my taste profile and my inspiration (a blogroll).


Work with me:

Let’s talk: BettyBecca [at] Gmail [dot] com

  • Recipe development
  • Prop sourcing and styling
  • Food styling
  • Events (planning, floral, decorating, etc.)
  • Brand collaboration
  • Blog collaboration

Disclaimer: From time to time, I will mention products specifically in a post to serve as a reference for the products we have chosen to use in our household. If a relationship exists with a brand, I will expressly note it within the post. Views and opinions expressed here are mine alone and do not imply the same of my family, friends, or employer.

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