This is the story of the circle of love and food.
My name is Mary Frances. I am a designer, creative director, painter, wife, mother and cook. I own an internationally recognized, award-winning brand development and marketing communications firm, and am a graduate of Parsons School of Design. And what I especially love to do is cook and serve great food to make people content and happy. Hearing mmmm’s makes my heart soar.
I grew up in suburban St. Louis, specifically Webster Groves, the youngest of six and the only girl. (Yes, that’s FIVE older brothers!) My mom was a great home cook, and she made sure that I could make a mean pie from scratch. After Parsons, I married, had two boys and moved from NYC to the NJ suburbs where the restaurant food just isn’t up to NYC standards. Frustrated, I threw myself into cooking and entertaining, and now it’s time to share the great recipes, tips, stories and LOVE with you!
The inspiration for this blog came from our youngest son when he wrote this message in a Christmas gift cookbook.
There is something truly gratifying about giving and receiving. And when you cook with LOVE, everything just tastes better!
So what if it was easy for you to make great food that brings people together, to share time, share experiences and share love?
That’s what LOVE – the secret ingredient is all about. Spreading love through food.
Cooking with love requires some confidence in your knowledge of cooking, but you can gain these skills through practice, and without going to culinary school. Cook often. And visit LOVE – the secret ingredient because you will learn all the shortcuts a home cook needs to make delicious food.
(P.S. I moved back to the city in 2007 and couldn’t be happier!)