Hello! Nice to meet ya. My name's Elaina.
I'm the creator, writer, foodie, and photographer behind The Rising Spoon.
I created this blog in 2012 as a way to chronicle my forays into all things food and provide a resource for folks (like me) who were also on a self-taught cooking journey. It has since then expanded to other topics I'm passionate about like DIY crafts, real food recipes, natural health, local and seasonal foods, self-sufficiency, and essential oils.
What Inspired Me to Start Cooking (And This Blog)
A lifelong food lover, I've always taken pleasure in watching others cook. Before I knew the basics, it seemed like alchemy with an extremely personal touch (and it still is, just not so mystical). I asked loads of questions when I was young, but only a small number of techniques and tips stuck.
Eventually, I grew tired of eating boring, unhealthy, and expensive take-out food (and relying on other people to cook for me), so I took the initiative to teach myself how to cook. I started out with simple recipes like soup, homemade chicken stock, and pasta then went from there.
That was about 10 years ago, give or take.
Back then I watched copious amounts of Food Network and gobbled up cooking magazines like Everyday Food. Over time (ever so slowly) I accumulated cooking knowledge and began honing my own personal techniques.
Along the way, I developed an interest in eating quality, whole foods. My cooking (and food philosophy) generally reflects that. I try to avoid overly processed foods, but do eat them from time to time, as I try not to stress out about eating perfectly. (I have a weakness to kettle chips and a certain name brand cheese cracker.)
My food lifestyle has changed dramatically in the past decade. I went from eating fat-free or low-fat everything and restricting calories (which lead to a horrible cycle of binge eating junk food) to eating full-fat everything and focusing on cutting out super processed foods. As a result, my appetite balanced out and I lost weight. For the first time in years the food I was eating left me feeling full and nourished.
This, my friends, is one of the many reasons I believe in home-cooked meals using real food ingredients. They don't have to be expensive or hoity-toity. Just less processed. A focus on simple, pronounceable foods.
In my cooking journey and personal quest for better health, I've realized a few things:
- food labels are misleading (take for example, egg carton labels)
- the food industry cuts corners at every opportunity to make a profit
- if you want to know what's in your food, you must educate yourself
- learning to cook and stocking your fridge & freezer with homemade staples takes time, but is worth it
- diet dogmas aren't healthy
- fat is not the enemy (fat = flavor & nourishment)
- food tastes better when it's in season
- organic is not always best (local is often the better option)
- when you're learning to cook (especially from scratch) take baby steps
- the key to having nourishing, home-cooked meals readily available is meal planning
- there is no one right food philosophy (so we shouldn't fight about it)
- health is a journey, not a destination
- above all else, listen to your body (sometimes that means ignoring your preconceived notions)
What You'll Find on The Rising Spoon
I created this blog as a resource for folks like you to find simple recipes that contain wholesome ingredients that are easily recognizable. Real food recipes that have an emphasis on seasonal ingredients (like heirloom tomatoes), but are easy to swap out with what's in your freezer, fridge, or pantry at the moment (canned tomatoes, for example). But mostly, recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive, and leave your belly full and happy.
I love to share simple DIY projects that you can incorporate into your holiday gift giving traditions, just as I have. DIY projects that will make you less reliant on store-bought products, reduce your toxic load, and save you money in the long run.
When I discover healthy living practices like drinking bulletproof coffee, dry brushing, and using essential oils that have bettered my life, it warms my heart to share them with you all.
After all, blogging is all about community. Creating an environment where we can share valuable information, swap stories, and learn from one another.
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Some of My Popular Posts, For Your Reading Pleasure
Real Food Recipes
- Bacon, Egg, Cheddar & Kale Breakfast Muffins
- Balsamic Oven-Roasted Green Beans
- Cheddar and Jalapeno Coconut Flour Biscuits
- Creamy Pan-Fried Peaches with Cinnamon & Honey
- Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs
- Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
- Easy Coconut Rice with Coconut Milk
- Healthy Banana Pancakes
- Healthy Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
- Homemade Queso Dip with Real Cheese
- Lemon Vanilla Coconut Butter Bites
- Pumpkin Spice Latte with Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip Without Mayo
- The Best Tuna Patties
Real Food Kitchen Tutorials & Tips
- How to Make Whipped Cream From Scratch
- How to Cook the Perfect Steak in a Cast-Iron Skillet
- How to Make Beef Jerky Without a Dehydrator
- How to Make Coconut Butter Without a Food Processor or High Speed Blender
- How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract Using Vodka & Bourbon
- How to Make Homemade Corn Tortillas with Masa Harina
- How to Prepare and Cook Dried Beans For Optimal Nutrition
- Homemade Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix
- Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap
- DIY Honey Lavender Lip Scrub
- How to Make Lip Balm
- How to Make Whipped Body Butter
- Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub
- DIY Beard Balm
- DIY Clay Essential Oils Diffuser Necklace
Natural Living Posts
- 30+ Ways to Relax and Keep Calm When You're Feeling Stressed or Anxious
- Five Things You Should Never Throw Away and How to Reuse Them
- Ten Tips For Saving Money on Groceries and Eating Healthier
- A Simple Introduction to Essential Oils
- Five Summer Essentials You Should Make Instead of Buying Their Commercial Counterparts
Don't be a Stranger!
Also, feel free to e-mail me at elainanewton [at] therisingspoon [dot] com if you have any questions or just want to chat. I love hearing from you all. (Comments are very much appreciated!)