Welcome to my blog. I am Angela, the petite mom behind The Short Order Cook, and I am happy you found your way here. I started this blog as a community for families to come together through all things food including, family recipes, kids learning to cook, travel eats, and adventurous palates.
Whether you are a novice or a foodie, and no matter your budget, I hope you and your family will feel right at home here. Please pull up a chair and let’s dig in.
The Short Order Cook Story
In 2005, The Short Order Cook began as a personal chef and recipe-testing business in California. For 7 years I ran a successful catering, personal chef, & cooking class business. I enjoyed every minute of my time cooking for families and helping them eat healthily even with their busy life.
During this time, I started a family of my own with my husband. We welcomed micro-preemie boy/girl twins into our family and two years later along came another son. After many successful years behind other people’s stoves, I decided I needed to focus on my own family and my corporate job. I always knew that I would resurrect the business someday.
That time came in 2018, after a 6-year hiatus. The Short Order Cook has made a comeback now as a food blog where I hope to help others gain confidence in the kitchen, try new things, and involve family and friends.
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My Food, Cooking, & Writing Experience
The Short Order Cook blog is a culmination of many skills, experiences, & passions I have all wrapped into one. Here are some of my past work & personal experiences that help me offer expertise to my readers in their cooking, recipe, kitchen, & dining adventures.
- I have 7 years of personal chef & event catering experience.
- 5+ years professional experience in the restaurant & food industry as a cook, server, & manager.
- I'm a credited recipe tester in a published cookbook, The Good Home Cookbook.
- I have been featured in the following publications either online or in print: Sunset Magazine, Kansas Living, Cosmopolitan, Parade, MSN, Yahoo, & more.
- Professional recipe tester for a brewery where I was paid with beer instead of money - fun.
- I passed the test for food safety & earned my California Food Handler Certification Card in 2004.
- Companies I have worked with to promote products with honest reviews include ButcherBox, Farm Fresh to You, Just the Cheese, Choczero, Mary's Gone Crackers, Koe Kombucha, & more.
All About Me in 8 Food Facts
- I do not have a sweet tooth but l cannot be trusted with anything salty that’s left unattended.
- My cocktail of choice is a very dirty vodka martini. (shaken not stirred)
- I loathe mayonnaise, oysters, and lamb.
- I cannot get enough cilantro even though my husband hates it (I always add extra at the end link in my Watermelon Pico del Gallo recipe).
- Hollandaise sauce is something I have yet to master, to my husband’s dismay since he loves eggs benedict.
- My favorite cities to visit and eat in are Rome, San Francisco, New York, and Prague.
- When I read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain I knew immediately I found my hero.
- My most important kitchen tool is my stepstool!
All About Me in 8 Life Facts
- I am born and raised in California (minus a few years as a toddler living in New York).
- I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in my early 20s and have been honing my grain-free, paleo, and keto cooking skills to keep as healthy as possible.
- My husband and I met at a Raiders game and our love connection was featured in a Sunset Magazine article about my professional chef business highlighting my tips for tailgating (and finding love as a bonus)!
- My husband was a vegetarian before he met me and he has been making up for all those years without bacon, short ribs, and abalone ever since.
- My petite stature reaches a towering 4'8"!
- My 3 kids have an adventurous palate including escargot, creme brûlée, and sushi.
- Our terrier mix dog, (princess) Leia, is happy to taste-test anything we cook.
- My favorite number is 8, obviously!
What About You?
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