Welcome to my online world! I’m Kristy Bernardo, a fun-loving mom, chef, food and travel writer & photographer.
I started my food blog five years ago as a fun outlet for myself and – amazingly – it's grown into something that has become much more than just my much-loved hobby. Food has become my “accidental career” – I call it that because until I had my first child ten years ago, the only things I knew how to cook were my leftovers on reheat (head over here to see my original “about” page and get more on that story). But as with anything in life, nothing is ever really accidental. I’ve had to work long hours to bring my blogging and chef career to where it is today. And I finally understand that old saying “If you find a job that you love, you’ll never work another day in your life”.
When I began cooking ten years ago, I found that I loved sharing recipes with friends and family. I could spend hours searching for the kind of recipes that weren’t too difficult or expensive but would turn out something spectacular. Most fell into the “okay” category, but there were those few that I began to call “simple gourmet”.
When I decided to write a food blog, it was these recipes that I wanted to share. I still sift through recipes as a way of inspiration, but as I've gotten more skilled in the kitchen I now create them myself. Not every recipe that comes out of my kitchen hits the mark, but that’s what cooking is all about! Every failure has taught me what doesn’t work, which, over time, makes it easier to find what does. I especially love the requests from readers asking me to create a specific dish. It's a way to be creative and also be more connected with my readers who make writing this blog such a joy!
My philosophy on food is that anything goes. There are very few foods that I don’t like and none that I won’t eat or try. I cook with fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats whenever I can, but I also use real butter, whole milk and cream and am not afraid of bacon. Everyone wants to eat healthy, and it's an amazing thing when you can make it taste great! If you're making smart choices every day, you don't need to feel guilty when you want to indulge.
In addition to my food blog, I also teach cooking classes, speak at conferences and events and appear on video and television.
If you’d like to say hello or just have a question, please feel free to shoot me a message. And if you’d like to work together, my agent, Mr. Tim Kessler, would be happy to chat with you, too.