Hey there! My name is Monique Gates, welcome to my food blog. I’ve been cooking and baking at home since I was old enough to reach the counter, and spent 17 years of my life working in various kitchens, picking up skills along the way. In my family, good food has always been important, and both my mom and dad taught me that food should be made with care, and shared with the ones you love. I believe that with a few skills and a bit of common sense and intuition, anyone can make a flavorful, enriching meal for themselves and the ones they love. To me, the most important ingredient in any dish is love. Meaning, if you put some care and intention into your cooking, there’s no way you won’t end up with something you’re proud of. I hope that you read this blog and find some inspiration to make food that you and your family/friends will love.