Introductions and All That Jazz

Hello! Welcome to The Kitchen Kween! My name is Jeremiah, and I’m just a normal 26-year old guy in California living and working, trying to get the very most out of my life. I’m a Gemini (so I’m just a *little* insane) and although they’re usually known for being a more extroverted sign, I am definitely not. Even though I’ve spent the last 8 years working in retail, I feel like “extroverted introvert” is really a more accurate way to describe the quirky person I am.

So now that you know I’m an introvert, I bet you’re wondering a little bit about why I’m throwing myself out on the internet like this – to be torn apart for my imperfect writing style, definitely amateur photography, and less-than- five star recipes. And the answer is simple: I’m trying to find new ways to burst out of my little, comfortable shell, and really grow during this next year. I also tend to be a little insecure and shy when it comes to just being me, so this is a good way to have a bit of anonymity while still putting myself out there.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – someone, somewhere

Ironically, that’s one of my all-time favorite quotes. It’s one of those pieces of advice that’s easier to say to others and expect them to act on it, but not for yourself. Kind of like when you tell someone that they’ve had enough pie and they shouldn’t eat any more… but it’s really because you want that last scrumptious piece for yourself. Don’t pretend, we’ve all been there.

So that’s what this is all about! Getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Whether you’ve been cooking for many years and you’re just wanting to try some different recipes, or maybe you’re just starting to make a few meals a week and you like that little change in your life. For me, it’s trying something I’ve never done – writing – and mixing it with something I love – cooking.

I have never worked in the food industry, but I currently work at Sur La Table. Being surrounded by bougie kitchen tools and cookware has really influenced the things that I want to create – for better or worse, my wallet doesn’t exactly appreciate me using my discount to justify buying too much stuff. But that’s not the point. Working there over the last year, I have definitely come out of my culinary comfort zone and expanded my recipe collection. Now it’s time to put it to the test and mash it up with something that sort of terrifies me.

So here’s to The Kitchen Kween! Let’s get through it together, and come out on the other side more confident in ourselves, our skills and techniques, and our overall ability to tackle something outside of our comfort zone.

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