My name is Erin I recently moved to Southern California from Boston and am absolutely loving the sunshine. After living on the East Coast, France, and now finally the West Coast, I finally feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. A description of who I am in a nutshell: I love to cook, plan, and coupon (who doesn’t appreciate a good deal?!); I graduated from Holy Cross with a degree in French and psychology; I love pink, sparkles, dramatic make-up, and of course shopping (bargain-hunting rather); and I tend to become obsessive when I want to accomplish something. I have been debating whether to start a blog forever and finally decided to give it a try. I am extremely passionate about hospitality in general and aspire to be a successful event planner someday. Most of my cooking revolves around sweets and healthy recipes to make me feel better about my high sugar intake and unquenchable sweet tooth. I believe in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but also enjoying the treats you crave in moderation. There are so many amazing food blogs out there already that I have to admit I was intimidated. However, I figured that I still have a unique perspective on baking, cooking, entertaining, and essentially the highs and lows of life. Even if only my family and friends are the only people who read this, I will deem my blog a success!
So you might be wondering what is “Au bon gouter” all about? Well, it was actually my spectacular French boyfriend, Romain, who came up with the name. Since the French language and culture have had such an effect on shaping who I am today, I want to integrate what I’ve learned from living and traveling abroad. A ‘bon gouter” literally translates to a ‘good taste’, but it is really so much more than that. I like to think of it as a pause in your hectic day that you indulge in something incredibly delicious, a moment to enjoy maybe by yourself or perhaps with friends or family in which all your senses are ignited and you are left entirely satisfied. I don’t know about you, but eating for me is an experience and I don’t like to waste my hunger (or calories for that matter) on nourishment that is not delectable.
With that said, there are several guidelines (not rules) that I tend to follow when embarking on an adventure in the kitchen. 1) I believe in baking from scratch. 2) Organic and fresh natural ingredients trump all others. 3) Nutrition should always be considered – (vegetables are our friends). 4) I strive to be creative, yet critical of recipes (How can these be improved? What can be substituted for different dietary needs?) 5) Presentation is important, but don’t judge a book by its cover! If your recipe doesn’t come out perfect the first time, don’t worry there’s always room for improvement and mistakes can sometime lead to new ideas.
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