This is the story of the circle of love and food.
My name is Mary Frances. I am a lifelong food lover and the owner and creative director of the NYC award-winning design, branding, and marketing agency PM+CO. I am also a member of the elite Culinary Content Network, a curated association of food writers whose work appears as part of The Daily Meal, and a monthly contributor to two online food and lifestyle publications — Spice 4 Life, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and Foods 4 Better Health, based in Ontario, Canada.
What I especially love about cooking is creating and serving great food to make my loved ones happy. Hearing mmmm’s makes my heart soar!
I grew up in suburban St. Louis, 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 learned the basics and how to make a mean pie from scratch.
The LOVE – the secret ingredient Adventure
The inspiration for starting this blog came from our youngest son when he wrote this message in a Christmas gift cookbook.
It’s true, when you cook with LOVE, everything just tastes better! And that’s what LOVE – the secret ingredient is all about. Spreading love through food.
Away from New York City for 16 years, I threw myself into cooking, dedicating my weekends to the creation of new recipes, fantastic food adventures and throwing great parties. And now it’s time to share those recipes, tips, stories and LOVE with you!
Cooking with love doesn’t require extensive knowledge, but you can gain cooking skills and confidence through practice, and without going to culinary school. The key is to cook often and pour lots of love into your creations. LOVE – the secret ingredient will do the rest, by providing the recipes, shortcuts and tips any home cook needs to make delicious food.
Who doesn’t want to make great food that brings people together, to share time, share experiences and share love?
MARY’s secret ingredients, my new challenge
After sharing my love of food with you for two years I have decided to take my passion further. That’s why I have recently launched MARY’s secret ingredients (MSI), a surprise subscription box service in which I curate new, delicious, artisanal and gourmet ingredients to delight and inspire home chefs of all experience levels.
By way of these favorite, vetted products, I hope to bring fresh ideas into home kitchens across the U.S., promoting easy cooking and healthy eating. Each season, a box of surprise goodies will be delivered to our subscribers’ doors. Back here on LOVE–the secret ingredient, I will provide a tested recipe or serving suggestion using each one of the ingredients from the box.
I am also committed to using my passion to give back, which is why a portion of the profits from MARY’s secret ingredients will be donated to the worldwide organization Feed The Children, because I believe no one should go hungry.