Meet lori monte_ the kitchen whisperer

Lori is the talent behind food and recipe blog The Kitchen Whisperer, which seeks to inspire people to conquer their fears of being in the kitchen. Homemade tomato pasta sauce from scratch She tells us, “I believe food is love and is meant not only to taste good but to help build memories. Homemade italian pasta sauce recipe My mantra is ‘there’s always room at my kitchen table,’ while my tagline is, ‘Taming the kitchen one bite at a time!’”

Monte is a member of The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network of food bloggers, and this week we get to know her a little better; keep reading to find out more.

I’ve always been in the food industry, having had a pizza shop in my family for 17 years. Fresh pasta sauce recipe tomato When that closed down I had folks constantly calling me asking me to make various dishes. Homemade pasta sauce recipe fresh tomatoes When I bought my first house, I would have folks come over on Saturdays and I would teach them the basics while showing them that being in the kitchen is fun (as well as delicious). Easy homemade pasta sauce recipe As word of mouth spread and more people wanted my recipes and items I made, I finally went business-official in 2011 with the launch of my blog.

Cherries. Homemade tomato pasta sauce for bottling I mean anything cherry or cherry-flavored — including cherry-flavored lip gloss. Homemade pasta sauce diced tomatoes Those things are affectionately known as “demon seeds” in my world. Homemade pasta sauce with italian sausage recipe Mayonnaise, blue cheese, and goat cheese ( shudder) are other things I cannot stand at all. Homemade italian spaghetti sauce from scratch recipe Did I mention I really hate cherries?

Honestly, that’s such a difficult thing to answer. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce recipe Each post has meaning for me. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe using fresh tomatoes When I write and post a recipe, it’s a piece of me I give to the TKW Family. Simple homemade sauce for pasta I share with them not only a recipe — anyone can do that — but for me, I share with them my life, memories, and emotions. Recipe homemade pasta sauce I want people connect to me and see that it’s just more than simple ingredients. Easy homemade pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes That every recipe has a story, a purpose beyond just eating. Tomato pasta sauce jar For example, I just posted one that carries so many memories that I had tears of joy in my eyes as I wrote it. Homemade pasta sauce recipe easy It was my Grandma’s Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Cheese sauce recipe for pasta bake This recipe is generations old, but even more importantly, this post allows me to bring back childhood memories of my grandma that put such a smile on my face.

Oh, dear lord, where do I even start? I’d have to say the day I decided to make a seemingly “minor” tweak to some of my code and completely crashed my entire site AND my database. Sauce for pasta dishes And did I have a backup? Nope. A sauce for pasta It was scheduled to run that night but I was three hours too early. Easy homemade white pasta sauce recipe I was in a rush and you’d think my being a dual engineer in IT would keep the golden rule of “backup everything prior to making any changes” in mind. Tomato pasta sauce recipe Nope. Healthy homemade pasta sauce from scratch I crashed my own site. Homemade pasta sauce to can It took me three days to fix it and put everything back in place. How do you make homemade sauce for pasta Never again.

This one to this day still brings a tear to my eye. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with canned tomatoes I had a woman once say to me that she grew up loving to be in the kitchen with her mom. Homemade sauce for pasta and chicken Every day they would bake or cook together. Homemade pasta sauce and meatballs She loved it so much that she went on to be an executive chef. Homemade pasta sauce using canned tomatoes Even after a long day at the restaurant, she would come home and still cook with her mom. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe from garden tomatoes Then her mom passed away suddenly. Homemade pasta sauce from scratch recipe She said the day her mom died she lost her love of the kitchen. Sauce for pasta with shrimp She said it died when her mom died. Best sauce for homemade pasta She quit her job as a chef and hadn’t returned to the kitchen in years after that. Homemade pasta sauce with meat Then one day she stumbled upon my blog and my Facebook page. Homemade pasta sauce mario batali She said she “liked” the page and would follow along as we all just “talked.” Eventually, she would chime in and that’s when I had learned her story. Homemade red pasta sauce Then one day she posted on my wall something that honestly brought tears to my eyes: “You’ve made me fall in love with being in the kitchen again. Homemade pasta meat sauce You’ve made it ‘home’ for me. Sauce for homemade pasta More importantly, you gave me my mother back. Homemade pasta sauce for canning Thank you, Lori. Homemade pasta sauce from tomatoes You gave me more than you’ll ever know.”

I must have music on in the kitchen. Homemade pasta sauce recipe nz I have a very diverse music playlist, however, for me, I’m a metal girl in the kitchen. Tomato pasta sauce using passata I love Five Finger Death Punch, Rev Theory, ‘80s metal, Disturbed, Steel Panther, and so forth. Homemade pasta sauce healthy Most people that just meet me are shocked by this. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce fresh tomatoes However, you put on some Justin Timberlake or Meghan Trainor and I’m totally into it. Best homemade pasta sauce fresh tomatoes Music for me is so mood-dependent. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe Also, give me Sinatra any day.

Honestly, it’s a selfish reason. Easy homemade white sauce for pasta It’s not for the money or the notoriety; it’s knowing that I have been able to inspire people to overcome their fear in the kitchen. How to make homemade sauce for pasta To have people all over the globe blindly trust me to not only welcome me into their kitchens (virtually) but also make one of my recipes is truly humbling. Pasta sauce homemade It’s a gift that is priceless and one that has never nor will ever take for granted. Sauce for pasta with chicken I blog because people let me share my story, my life, and my passion with them. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce I’ve been able to create a TKW Family that is more than just “followers.” These are people that you build friendships and bonds with them. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes You get to know them, their families, about their lives, and share stories.

Truthfully, there is not one bad thing about it. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce Being in the kitchen, creating recipes, doing photo shoots, editing, and eventually blogging about it — I love it. Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Again, it’s selfish but it’s a way I get to share “me” with the TKW Family.

I literally just made it, but it’s Italian three-meat stuffed banana peppers. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can And with the extra meat, I made two different types of meatballs; Italian three-meat meatballs and banana pepper meatballs.

Hmmm, that’s tough as I’m pretty much an open book with them. Sauce for pasta and sausage I played the saxophone for 18+ years, as that’s what my dad loved. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch He inspired me in the fifth grade to learn to play the sax even though all of the other “girls” were playing the flute and clarinet. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce I wanted a “girl” instrument but he insisted that I try it for a little while and if I still didn’t want to play it I could switch. Homemade tomato pasta sauce Night after night he would sit with me as I fumbled through my lessons sounding more like I stepped on a goose than sweet beautiful notes. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for canning As I would play, he’d sit there, even with the missed notes or squeals, he’d have his eyes closed just listening and smiling. Tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese The more I practiced, the better I got. Homemade pasta sauce to freeze Eventually, I started winning awards, competitions, and going to state championships. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe paula deen The day after my dad passed away I sold my saxophone, and I have not played since.

Mom’s Classic Pot Roast With Savory Onion Gravy: I took a family recipe and adapted it to pressure cooking. Homemade tomato and basil pasta sauce It tastes exactly like Mom’s but done in significantly less time.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pizza: Pizza is my all-time favorite food, however, not everyone can eat regular pizza dough. Homemade spaghetti sauce from ketchup So I set out a goal to come up with a “veggie” crust that held up to my pizza snob standards, that didn’t require a fork and knife to eat (sorry but no pizza should ever, ever be eaten with utensils), and tasted amazing. Best homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes This pizza is that. Making pasta sauce from scratch with tomatoes I’ll make this often instead of regular pizza because it’s that good!