About Me

Hi there. I'd like to start this About Me introduction with a sincere thank you to readers who visit A Little Fish in the Kitchen regularly. I feel it's important for you to know that every time you visit this page you help me fulfill my dream of running a site that people return to for good recipes, helpful information and (hopefully) entertainment!

I began writing about food, and various other subjects, online as a free lance writer back in 2008. I was a contributor to a few sites I feel really lucky to have been a part of: the Canadian online magazine Suite 101 (it's no longer around), Examiner.com (also long gone), Demand Studios and Ehow. During that time, I learned a lot about writing online and I especially enjoyed interacting with the readers who commented on articles I wrote. Running my own blog swiftly became a dream of mine and I couldn't wait to carve out my own little corner on the web, but I'd be fibbing if I said it wasn't intimidating at first.

It took me a little bit to get it all figured out, but I was so incredibly excited to start A Little Fish in the Kitchen back in late 2010. I wanted a blog to record and share great recipes as well as helpful cooking and baking techniques I continuously learn as I go. Best of all, as a blogger I could share in my very own, personal way and in my favorite no-format... format.

Since I began this blogging journey, I've gone through some amazing life changes: divorce, career change, kids starting big kid school, new baby girl, new marriage...I could go on, but I think you get it. I am a non-practicing lawyer and teacher who became a stay-at-home mom. During my time at home with my kids, I began decorating the cakes, and eventually cookies, for my kid's birthday parties. I really enjoyed doing that and over time, it turned into a small, home-based baking business I call  Little Fish Cottage Bakery.

Occasionally I've hit a few snags and lulls in posting here on the blog, especially back in the beginning. However, Little Fish is always a place I can't wait to return to and get back to sharing! Over the last 6 years, I've also made some amazing blogger friends who I respect greatly and I learn from regularly. And, just the same as it was before when I wrote for other people, it's a true source of joy for me to hear from them and my other readers in the comments left on each post.

My primary and truest source of happiness is my family. I have to mention my mom, who I've always driven crazy with my "wild ideas" and I continue driving her crazy with great, big smile (love you Mom!). And, of course, my children and my husband, Evan who I love dearly. In fact, I'd be absolutely lost without them. You'll read about Evan and our minions here regularly as they are my primary test-tasters and guinea pigs when it comes to lots of recipes I post here.  They are also, without question, my greatest sources of adventure!

As for what kinds of content and recipes you'll see here, I love sharing classic recipes that tend to have a Southern soul (Texas girl, here...that's how I roll) and I'm really quite proud of my old-school taste buds. But, I will branch out from time to time and post some trendy, modern recipes because I really like some of them too. I have also developed a serious appreciation for vegetarian dishes and I tend to share lots of meatless recipes. I'll also share posts with pictures of baking projects and events I've been asked to bake and decorated goodies for.

That's why I called this blog 'A Little Fish in the Kitchen' because I compare myself to a little fish darting around in it's bowl (perfectly logical, right?). I can't commit to being old-school or modern or to a particular sort of cuisine, and just like in real life, I'm kind of all over the place when it comes to what I find interesting. So, there may seem to be no rhyme or reason to any series of posts and that's because there likely isn't any!

You should also know that I get kind of giddy when I visit my own site to print out a recipe for dinner and I still feel very driven me to seek out recipes and information I know my readers will enjoy. And, those little dreams of mine aren't quite done yet. I dream of compiling a cookbook, E-books, children's books and gardening. Yep, a big garden is totally gonna happen... with citrus fruit if I can help it!

We'll see how far I get with all of that, I guess, and I'll be sharing all about it here in upcoming posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo Marcelle




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