Aside from traveling, entertaining has got to be one of my favorite pass times. Bringing people together and expressing love through my cooking has brought me joy over the years. For me, entertaining is not just about including a great meal, but making a meal that people want to savor slowly, then pair with a good wine, and enjoy it with an amazing group of people. I heed this reminder every time I host a dinner party at my home, which is very often.
As a first-generation Greek, with an exceptionally large and sometimes overly opinionated Greek family consisting of several restaurateurs, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I became a restaurant owner at 27 years old. Let’s be clear, I’ve never had professional culinary training and would never consider myself a chef, but growing up in the family restaurants, I learned my way around the kitchen pretty quickly. I want to keep those memories close to my heart as it was such a gratifying experience. Yet I firmly admit I would never do it again. The time commitment for an owner of a restaurant is crucial for its survival. As a mother to a beautiful and busy little girl, I no longer have that time or commitment to give.
In 2013, with a considerable push from my family and friends to share my love for food with the world, I created Thyme with Catherine. In a world of 20-minute meals and drive-thrus, I wanted to bring the excitement back cooking. I understand time is precious, and most do not want to spend that extra time in the kitchen. I am not saying to cook like this daily, but I am saying when trying a new recipe, enjoy the process. Open a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy the meal you’re about to create. This is a place to share my love of all things related to good eats. Drawing inspiration from my traditional Greek family recipes, my world travels, and my demanding palate, your taste buds are sure to be delighted.
If you’re new to the kitchen, visit the pantry for my go-to ingredients, consider it your guide to the grocery store. Some of my dishes may include items you’re not used to purchasing on a typical shopping trip, so you’ll find this particular section useful.
I promise to keep things simple enough for beginners with step by step instructions and photos, but tasty enough for seasoned foodies who know their way through a kitchen. Enjoy the site, share your thoughts with me in the comment sections, and remember……… food is love.