Hi there! I’m Lauren.
Welcome to my happy place.
My favorite days are the ones I spend in the kitchen cooking up a storm of yummies to share with my friends and family. If I could, I would cook and bake all day long. But that wouldn’t pay the bills. So, I spend my days as the Brand Manager for a super awesome restaurant, surrounded by inspiring people and delicious food. And nights and weekends are filled with recipe exploration and kitchen trials.
I grew up with a passion for cooking, but in 2011 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and had to re-evaluate all of my favorite meals to accommodate my gluten allergy. Now, my recipes all use fresh, gluten-free ingredients.
Most of what I like to make and eat is gluten-free (GF) by nature anyway, but for baking, breading and recipes where I use special GF ingredients, wheat-eaters can always substitute regular flour or ingredients for GF ones that I choose to use!
Aside from cooking, I really love to travel. I’ve eaten my way through Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, and England – and studied abroad in Ireland. There are so many cool places I hope to visit in the near future to explore the local culture and cuisine.
I’m an avid runner, Spinning instructor and gym-goer. I’ve completed a bunch of half marathons and ran my first full marathon last year. I love the beach and being outdoors. I love margaritas with salt. I love coffee. I love red wine. I LOVE cupcakes, cookies and fro yo. I love Peeps (you know, those sugar-coated marshmallow treats?) especially the chocolate covered ones. Glitter. And anything with sprinkles.
I really love reading cookbooks. I tend to read a cookbook like a novel with a plot, start to finish. I love the little stories that come before the recipes, and I keep a collection of post it notes next to my bed to mark my favorite and must-try recipes!
This blog will hopefully be a pre-cursor to my cookbook – and maybe one day you’ll see my name on the side of a restaurant or bakeshop.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment on the site or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Make sure to post any recipe recreations on social media with the hashtag #hugsnkitchen so I can see your stuff!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
Hugs, kisses & yummy dishes… xoxo,