I'm A Girl Who Can Cook. I'm a blonde girl who doesn't need a recipe to make ice cubes.
Welcome to OkraLogic!
What a day! I've created my cooking blog and what I hope becomes much, much more than that. I've had sooo much going through my head! Cookbooks! T-shirts! Baseball Caps! Coffee Mugs! On down the road....a monthly magazine! You've gotta walk before you run and I've definitely been "walking" today!
The idea came to me last night as I was in bed reading a magazine article about two women who started their own business out of their homes and, two years later, are successful business owners! They've been featured in national magazines and have turned their hobby of cake decor into a serious j-o-b.
I thought to myself - self, what are your hobbies? What do you have a passion for? I kept coming back to cooking! I do love to cook. I not only love to cook - I love to create. I don't measure and I like the unusual. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with traditional food (we all have our favorites) but I like to "push the parsley." I like to make my stomach sing. I like to make it different.
I woke up this morning and started "walking!" I started racking my brain for a blog name. I thought to myself it has to "pop!", it has to be unique, it has to be a play on words, it has to be memorable. I tossed a couple of ideas out to a friend I was on Facebook with and let's just say he was not impressed with my efforts! Frustrated, I started playing with anagrams. I came up with, of course, so many. I knew when it found me it would speak to me. About an hour into it, and three large styrofoam cups of coffee later, I hit a personal jackpot. A Girl Can Cook = Okra Logic. I was SO excited! "Chris!", I yelled through the house to my husband - who came running looking like a wild deer thinking I had managed to set a portion of the house on fire. I shouted, "I found it! I found it! This is It!"
From that point on, it was "walk, walk, walk!" Within 30 minutes I had the domain name registered and was Googling t-shirts and baseball caps to print the logo on. I was envisioning the cover of the cookbook. I was discussing with Chris the possible contents of a monthly magazine. We were talking about selling our barbecue sauce on the web site. I emailed my fabulous web designer to get the ball rolling. Bottom line ...I was as excited as a spear of broccoli about to be buttered.
So you might ask, where did I learn to cook? Honestly, I have no idea. I just started cooking. The first thing I remember making was spaghetti and meatballs (homemade meatballs of course) for my Dad when I was in the sixth grade. To this day, he insists that meal was "wonderful!" Considering I let the pasta soak in water all day ....because I wanted to be prepared....and when he came home they resembled paper mache, I'm certain he was being extra kind. No matter! I kept on cooking!
I am delighted you are a part of OkraLogic and look forward to sharing my passion of cooking and recipes with you. I also look forward to you sharing with me. I love to learn and I love to create. On this day, January 17, 2011, fasten your apron strings because it has begun!
Always "Push The Parsley!"
~ A Girl Can Cook