About Me

Welcome to Girl Gone Gourmet!

Since 2009 I have been documenting my kitchen successes and missteps right here on my blog Girl Gone Gourmet. Since the start there have been many changes in my life -- job changes, moves and other various ups and downs that life has dished up. The only thing that hasn't changed is my love of cooking. By day I am a  manager at an IT company and this blog provides a much needed creative outlet. Sometimes life gets busy and I stray from the blog, but I always come back. I can't keep the spatula or the camera out of my hands for too long. So thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what you find.

About the Recipes
Some of the recipes you will find on this site are written by me, some are ones that I have found in magazines and online and some are from family and friends. I believe that you should always give credit where credit is due and strive to do so when I use or adapt a recipe from another source. Sometimes there might not be a recipe because I either forgot to record measurements or the dish is so simple no recipe is required. 

Food blogs have changed a lot since I started 5 years ago and I'd like to call out that I don't run a test kitchen. There are many bloggers that test and retest recipes before posting, which is great. However, I'm just a girl that likes to cook and if a recipe works for me and I like it I will post it. If I don't like it I won't write about it unless it had to do with me -- I've managed to screw up quite a few dishes that had nothing to do with the original recipe. I enjoy writing about those experiences (like this one, this one and that one) and try to learn from all of them. In any case, please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the recipes posted on this site.

About the Photos
All of the photos on this site are ones I have taken, unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to republish my photos on your site, but please link back to my page. Some of the early photos were taken with my point and shoot until I got my Canon XSi digital camera. Now I mostly use a Canon 7D digital camera with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, but I will often post photos from my canon point & shoot or my Samsung Note 2. 

My photography is a work in progress. I cry a little inside whenever my photos are rejected from photo sharing sites and then throw a party if a photo does get accepted. I am super jealous of the amazing food bloggers out there that post perfect photos, but not jealous enough to invest in a bunch of equipment and props. I'm fortunate to use an amazing camera, but other than that I don't use a bunch of fancy equipment to take photos. I get excited when I capture a great shot, but I focus more on sharing my real life. I am not a food stylist. For example, you will notice that some photos are taken at night (shock-horror!) and that's because we eat dinner at night. We eat on bright, sunny days and rainy days and enjoy our meals around a table illuminated with artificial light. I've picked up a few photo editing tricks along the way and do my best to share quality photos.

Features on this Site
In addition to recipes and posts about food you will also find links to some of my favorite food sites and my favorite food related books.

Comments and Keeping Connected
I welcome comments, so please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, compliments or constructive feedback! I just ask that we keep it positive, so please note that all comments are reviewed before they are posted.

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Send me an email: 
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About the Amazon Links and Advertisers
Often times I write about food related products and have set up a feature that links to Amazon and the products that I personally use and recommend. I receive a small commission when products are purchased through these links. These commissions, including fees from other advertisements on this site, are used to support the running of Girl Gone Gourmet.

Girl Gone Gourmet has been featured on Foodbuzz.com, Food Porn Daily, and has been recognized as "Best of the Web" on Saveur.com.


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