I’m Shannon – wife, mom of two energetic daughters, and self-declared food snob living near Portland, Oregon. I cook a lot, I photograph beautiful food, I teach pre- and postnatal group fitness exercise classes with an amazing national fitness organization that provides classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood (check it out here), I try to keep up with my busy daughters, I cook some more, and I look for regular opportunities to squeeze in a date night with my hubs.
You could say I’m discriminatory when it comes to the food I put in my body. Everything I cook and share on Pass Me Some Tasty is gluten-free, not because I think it’s a cool fad or a no-fail approach to weight loss, but out of complete necessity for my physical and emotional health and well-being. I believe food plays a major role in how we feel, live, and function on a day to day basis. When accessible, I cook with organic, sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. In my opinion, they just taste better!
And yes, I eat desserts (in moderation). Dessert is one of the many joys of life and I’m a strong believer that you can live a healthy and active lifestyle while also enjoying the occasional dessert, especially if it includes chocolate…chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, chocolate milkshakes, salted dark chocolate. Chocolate…
Besides chocolate (which should really be its own food group) I love it all…Mexican, Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese…in my
When I’m not cooking up something tasty in the kitchen, I enjoy thought-provoking books, acrylic painting, gardening, visiting new restaurants and vacationing to new locales (especially if it has a sunny, white beach and some palm trees).
On a more personal level, I’m constantly trying to grow as a person who has an eternal perspective for those things in life that really matter. Like loving people (even when it might be hard), having an attitude of gratitude (which can be hard at times too), and following Jesus (best decision I ever made).
My hope as you dive into the recipes and stories I share on Pass Me Some Tasty is that you will become inspired to cook something delicious! To get out those ingredients you have hiding in your cupboards or pick up the veggies that you often pass by in the produce aisle and make something amazing! To no longer be fearful when there’s a family gathering or a Friendsgiving and you’re on the hook to bring a dish to share.
But you’re like, “Hey, Shannon, the last three meals I made looked like charcoal” and it ended up tasting like something you wouldn’t feed your worst enemy (or maybe you would…). Whatever your history is with cooking, let’s just declare that the past is in the past. Go dig out your kitchen apron and proudly tie it back on. Boldly take back ownership of your kitchen and what goes into the food you eat and let’s create meals that are nourishing, energizing and tasty at the same time. It’s my firm belief, as Chef Gusteau says in the film Ratatouille (yes, I watch cartoons), that “ANYONE can cook!” All you need is a great recipe and the ability to follow instructions. I’ll provide the great recipe, we’ll cook it up together, and then when you head to that next dinner party don’t be surprised if someone points to your dish and says “Pass Me Some Tasty!”
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