Hi. I’m Kathleen, a 44 year-old ex Italian-circus-sideshow performer, and author of the 2015 memoir, Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home. These days, I live in rural Oregon with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 Italian husband. I write for many reasons, such as exploring ideas, understanding who I am and why I feel a certain way about something, and sharing wonderful things I’ve come across during my journey. I enjoy making people laugh; at me/with me — it’s all good, as long as we’re laughing.
I also love good wine, good friends, and good food. The wine and friends part was natural. Food was not. Hence the blog title — Kicking and Screaming into the Kitchen. That Italian husband I mentioned — it was love (umm… lust) at first sight. My love of the kitchen and cooking, however, was a long and bumpy road toward domesticity. Sure, there was some lust involved there too (I was in Italy, for chrissake — the Food, ohhh the FOOD!), but it took some time and a hell of a lot of effort to get from Lust to Love.
My intention with this blog is to take you there. Maybe you already love Italy and Italian food and just want to see what a similar soul has to blog about it. Maybe you’re weary of pouring canned sauce over boiled American noodles, shaking a little canned “Parmesan” on top, and calling it Italian food. Maybe you just want a friend in the kitchen — someone who’s willing to share her triumphs and her travesties, someone who is interested in sharing yours. Or maybe I begged and pleaded for you to read this, just so there would be one — at least ONE person who would. (Thank you!)
I’m not a professional chef, and I don’t promise any answers. I do, however, aspire to inspire questions. Curiosity may be the root of all evil, but maybe, just maybe, it is also the root of all joy.
After all, recipes are like friendships; they’re best when they evolve.