About Me

Welcome to Karen's Kitchen Stories


Hi, I'm Karen, author of Karen's Kitchen Stories. This blog is a chronicle of recipes I have successfully attempted (and sometimes unsuccessfully). I love trying "stretch" recipes that are a bit of a challenge. My recipes aren't necessarily simple. In fact, some of them might seem a little bit complicated. They may even have lots of ingredients. 

I am into exploring cooking, and am really into learning new techniques. My posts and recipes are meant to teach you (as I teach myself) that you can make some pretty fabulous food. Trust me, if I can do it, you can too. 

I also am a total bread geek. I have immersed myself into learning how to bake bread, including sourdoughs, and someday would love to take a serious bread baking course. In the meantime, if you don't understand some of the terms I am using, feel free to shoot me an email or comment on one of my posts, and I'll try to help. 




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25 comments:

  1. Hi Karen! I've already been inspired by a few of your recipes. I can't wait to get into the kitchen and try a few.

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    1. Thanks Tina! Can't wait to see them!

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  2. Karen, I'm so glad we've connected through FB! I actually made your Pane di Como when I first started blogging! It's cited in one of my very first posts!! Your bread baking skills are truly inspiring! :D

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    1. Thanks Tracy! Your blog is so gorgeous!

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  3. A mess in the kitchen when you make something new???? Pah I make a mess in the kitchen when I walk in there yet alone when I start to cook ;)

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    1. Oh you should see the disaster before, during, and after a stir fry!

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  4. Hi Karen, I recently purchased FWSY and started to enjoy a hobby I had not done for many years. I was led to your website and have been a frequent flyer ever since. I especially enjoy your layout of the recipes and the tips that you add. I was so glad to learn that you can leave the parchment paper under the bread while you bake it! I have tried many of your other bread recipes as well. I am currently baking the Apple Sourdough bread in preparation for tomorrow nights cheese melts.Thanks so much for a great site,Mike

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    1. Thanks so much Mike! You just made my day! Isn't it an amazing hobby? I am smiling from ear to ear.

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  5. I am glad we've connected at two FB groups, Karen... I am also thankful for two other things, we both use blogger and have our day jobs. I have been struggling with blogging but you and other bloggers with day jobs inspire me to pursue my passion, particularly this year that I wanted to give it one more shot. You've got wonderful photos! :)

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  6. I love everything about this !! amazing recipes and fabulous pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much Lyn! Nice to meet you too!

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  8. Greetings from S.India to you Karen - I have subscribed to you a few month ago but this is my first comment. But for today, first of all HAPPY NEW YEAR and happy baking, of course.What adorable grandsons you have, I envy you :)
    But now, please can you help me: I know how to cook but NOT to BAKE. My husband, who is Indian, l o v e s freshly baked (german!) bread, which of course is not possible to get here. In fact the bread is pretty ......:):), far too sweet. Only 2 type of flour available (Atta and Maida). So his wish for 2016 is for me to bake him some bread at home - but looking at your list I do not know which bread to choose to start with. So, please suggest a plain easy to bake bread to make a happy husband and subsequently a happy (german) wife :). Thank you so much in advance.

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    1. Since you don't have access to rye, I would suggest any of the tangzhong breads, as well as the basic sandwich loaf. They are easy!

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  9. Hi Karen,
    Your blog is so cute :). Reading your blog has made me hungry.
    I'd love to share with you some ideas. How can I contact you?
    Thanks!

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  10. I have always loved bread baking although I never really did too much about it, that is until I met you Karen and discovered your blog. You my dear bring out the bread baking in everyone. Thanks.

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  11. It's been great getting to know you on FB Karen. I am a dabbler in yeast breads off and on. Knowing you has inspired me to really get into making bread more of a 'thing' in my kitchen repertoire once again. Everytime I see one of your breads I can't wait to get started! Thanks so much for your wonderful photos and inspiration!

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    1. Awwww! It's been great getting to know you too!! xoxo

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  12. Hi there Karen...
    So fun looking through this and even better cause I know you! I have never really looked at a blog before, but when I saw the smoked gouda reference on Instagram, I had to look it up! Lucky for me, I got to taste it at our recent Pi Phi event! Happy 2017 and keep the good recipes coming! Karen Autrey

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    1. Thanks so much Karen!!! Yes, I finally got around to posting it. You guys were my first tasters!

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  13. Hi Karen;
    Saw your post in Foodblogger Central and thought I check-out your website and now I bookmarked you. Your recipes look very appealing as well as your pictures. Need to learn to bake bread, will need to start trying more often. Will be a regular guest.

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    1. Thanks so much Marinka! You totally made my day!

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