Hello and welcome to Tasty Eats At Home. My name is Alta Mantsch, recipe writer, amateur food photographer, and self-proclaimed, self-taught, home-chef-in-training. I live north of Dallas, Texas, in a suburb that has one foot in suburban life and one foot in country life, with my wonderful husband John (the household taste-tester, guinea pig and occasional advisor), our two chihuahua mixes, and on a part-time basis, three amazing children.
About Tasty Eats At Home:
Tasty Eats At Home was born in July 2008 out of a desire to share my recipes and learning experiences with food. Our household consists of two full-time employed adults that work out of the home. Like a great deal of families, we lead a busy, hectic lifestyle at times. This doesn’t mean that dinner has to be reduced to fast food, frozen dinners, or processed foods. With a little planning , organization and know-how, we can all eat more natural, unprocessed, healthy foods and whole ingredients. My goal is to share with you my experiences as I learn to cook from scratch, and perhaps we can all put a good, healthy dinner together even with lifestyle constraints, at least some of the time!
Most of the recipes are relatively easy to make, and call for ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store. The recipes vary wildly, from various international cuisines, some gluten-free (all are gluten-free since June 2009!), dairy-free (all are dairy-free since July 2010!) or vegetarian, and some are “good ol’ home cooking.” Many can be made in a weeknight, although I do have some that are more of a “Sunday afternoon” type of meal. A few are adapted or inspired by friends, family, websites, some of the blogs I regularly view, or magazine articles. If you have a recipe you’d like me to try and then post on this blog, by all means, send it my way! The more we share, the better we all eat, right?
For as long as I can recall, I’ve had a fascination for food and cooking. I remember as a child, in the kitchen with my mother, asking to help, and tasting carrots, onions, or tomatoes as I chopped them for a salad, asking about the necessity of various ingredients in chocolate chip cookie dough, and learning the meaning of “stiff, but not dry” when referring to egg whites whipped for an angel food cake. And when my father made his appearance in the kitchen, I learned the powerful impact that spices had on rounding out, or dramatically changing, the flavor of a dish. I didn’t grow up with extravagant meals by any stretch, but as a child, I learned that with a little creativity, a delicious meal can be had, even on a budget. That philosophy stays with me in the kitchen even today.
As a young adult, at first my meals mostly consisted of ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, or simply Special K for dinner. But once I tired of all of that, I attempted various dishes, and started to cook recipes from books. There were times when I called good ol’ Mom up to ask her questions (“Mom, what exactly is in your meatloaf? What about that goulash stuff you used to make for us?”) I give credit to those family members who were subjected to the results of my attempts at first. Although they were mostly successful, there were definitely a few nights of ”less-than-pleasurable” eating. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that I decided to venture outside of my “comfort zone” in the kitchen, and attempt to learn and build on my knowledge, and document those successful recipes along the way.
I have grown to have a deep love of food and cooking. I love to experiment, and there isn’t much that I don’t like to try at least once. Food and cooking, to me, has a way of bringing friends and family together, and should be a enjoyable experience. I hope I can share that joy with you as well. Besides, life is too short to eat fast food (or ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, or Special K) all the time.
Since June 2009, Tasty Eats At Home has been gluten-free, and will continue to be gluten-free. You see, I made a decision to eliminate gluten from my diet in an effort to eliminate a lot of the symptoms I had been experiencing for years. (Read more about this here) Since I have eliminated gluten from my diet, most of these symptoms have disappeared entirely. I then eliminated dairy in July 2010, and feel even better. Now, if I eat the smallest amount of gluten, those symptoms return in a flash. I’m elated to have found the “enemy”. In brief moments of weakness, I get a little sad when I consider that I cannot enjoy some of the baked goods that others can enjoy without remorse; but then I remember - I know my way around a kitchen. Although I am not a professional, I can figure out how to make a cake, bread, cookies, and other delicious treats gluten-free! My goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.
If you’d like to contact me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to hearing from you!