- Hi Foodie Friends!
We’re Kathi and Rachel Kirk- the mother/daughter duo behind LaughingSpatula.com. Originally started as a side hobby for Kathi, it was only a dream that blogging would turn into a full time venture, let alone a partnership between mother and daughter. Big time nesters, both of us love cooking a great meal, lighting a few candles, and cozying up to a movie. Food is a lot more than sustenance for us- It’s an activity, an interest, and a creative outlet. We only post tried and true recipes, and for the most part, our meals are pretty healthy and simple to prepare (though, we sometimes cheat with a dessert here and there!). Huge Seattle-ites, we love exploring our city, and as Kathi calls it, leaving ‘buttprints in bar stools’ across the town. Kathi has been married to Rachel’s dad, Marty for 35 years, and Rachel, the only child of Kathi and Marty is a newlywed of 2 years to her husband Greg.
“Growing up, my mom’s love always came through her cooking and food. I remember being 7 or 8 and having friends over- she’d set out a picnic on a blanket on the living room floor. Most 7 or 8 year olds eat Goldfish or Teddy Grahams, but not in my house! Spreads of cheeses, fruits kabobs, yogurt parfaits, and sourdough with olive oil dippers. My friends thought it was fancy albeit awesome, but understand that this was never about pomp or circumstance- but more of an act of love- adding love and comfort into a food experience; she’s always made everything special with her cooking. Wanting to make somebody happy by giving them morsels of yumminess. There was and still is always so much sincerity and thought that goes into anything my mom makes- She even makes Taco Pie for their Exterminator (whom we lovingly refer to as RatMan)! My mom’s cooking is my home- it’s warm, cozy, attainable, delicious, and she always uses the most whole ingredients she can. If I had to name my most favorite meal she’s cooked, it would probably something that actually isn’t featured on the blog (but it should be- Mom- take note!);Lemon pasta from the Pike Place Market with Seared Scallops and Cream Sauce. Ooooh lordy, it’s like a warm hug in your mouth. My dad and I both go nuts for this meal- you can find him and I dipping spoons and most likely fingers in the sauce pan, which drives her nuts. : ) I’m super thankful my mom passed down this love of cooking and all things food to me- it’s a bit of a lost art, I think. I love that she’s raised me with the knowledge of cooking- I can whip up a cream sauce, roast a chicken, a pot of minestrone from scratch, and do it all with a smile geared towards my mummy. Pretty cool. <3 you, Mom!”
It’s pretty evident that our love of all things ‘food’ and ‘cooking’ is genuine! Follow our blog and we promise to always keep this love at the forefront of our recipes. We’ll only post recipes that:
- Are tried and true. We cook and believe in everything we post. No gimmicks whatsoever.
- We believe in whole foods- not a ton of processed junk. You should be able to taste the flavors of the ingredients in your food. That’s not to say we don’t use a can of enchilada sauce here, or a cup of shredded cheese there, but for the most part- whole, healthy foods are our mantra.
- Appeal to us and our families; If you can’t cook it in about an hour or less, it won’t be featured here. Simple is key, and usually always tastes the best.
Onto the next dish~ Clink!
Kathi and Rachel
Laughing Spatula has recently been featured on :
SoutherLiving.com – Skillet Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy
NBCNEWS.com – Salmon Burgers with Avocado Salsa
Buzzfeed – Chicken Fajitas
The Kitchn – Chicken Fajitas
Eathis.com – Salmon Fajitas
Huffington Post – Feta Crusted Salmon
Buzzfeed.com – Eggs Benedict Casserole
California Avocado Recipe Contest – 1st Place for Chicken Avocado Burger
MSN.com – Chicken Avocado Burgers
MSN.com (second time) – Chicken Avocado Burgers
Redbookmag.com – Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Sandwiches
Buzfeed.com – Chicken Avocado Burger
FitnessMagazine.com – Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Sandwiches
BuzzFeed.com – Marshmallow Vodka
CountryLivingMagazine.com – Chicken Avocado Burgers
Readersdigest.com – Chicken Avocado Burgers – again!
BuzzFeed.com – Pumpkin Crunch Muffins
BuzzFeed.com – Baked Egg Boats