Welcome to SooN COOKING!
I am thrilled to have you here! I’m Elisha, the creator of SooN LIVING and SooN is an acronym I developed to better describe my superpower. It stands for SOMETHING out of NOTHING.
I consider my superpower bringing
I’m hopeful SooN LIVING can be useful [or at a minimum, you are entertained]. Feedback welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for stopping by!
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For a food blog, I know the approach is unconventional. There are two very specific reasons why. Click here to find out more.
Two Quick Things to Know About SooN COOKING
#1: Why I Started SooN COOKING
I love to cook. But that is not what motivated me to start SooN COOKING. At any given time, the “guests” at my table had a minimum of three different dietary requirements. As a result, I was finding it increasingly difficult to cook SOMETHING that met the needs of EVERYONE at my table.
No longer were my family and friends united by a meal together. The result was a lot of fear, uncertainty
A little Googling led me to discover a Vox article by
My favorite response came from Elie Challinta who shared a story that resonated with me:
One of my most memorable dinners was when I cooked for a group of guests who had the following restrictions:
• One person had celiac disease
• Another was allergic to garlic
• The third was a pescatarian
• The forth can’t stand anything spicy
• And finally I do not enjoy most veggie-only dishes.
It turned out pretty well but I hadn’t done that much research since getting my masters.
− Elie Challinta
Not only did Elie have meal planning induced anxiety just like me − in order for her to develop a strategy for serving her guests she needed to do as much research as was required to obtain an advanced degree.
I too had felt like that and that just seemed silly. SooN COOKING is my attempt to create this solution. My hope is that I have combined my love of cooking, passion for process and ability to invent SOMETHING edible from NOTHING in a framework that helps you tackle the Meal Planning FUD you might face in your home kitchen.
I can’t wait to hear what you think in the comments section below!
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#2: How SooN COOKING is Organized
All SooN COOKING recipes follow the same structure and format. First, I will outline the hardware, ingredients, general preparation, serving and pairing suggestions. Then, to assist with your own needs or to meet the dietary requirements of your guests — you can design your meal blueprint using any of the EIGHT meal preparation options:
SooN COOKING ORIGINAL™
The from scratch, no shortcuts version that I generally use when I want to relax through cooking.
SooN COOKING EXPRESS™
The NOTHING to SOMETHING edible in 60-minutes or less variation (a natural evolution since I’m a Mom, now).
SooN COOKING VEGETARIAN™
This is a modification so that the recipe can be served to Vegetarian guests. Not familiar with a Vegetarian diet? Learn more here.
SooN COOKING KOSHER™
This is a modification so that the recipe can be served to Kosher guests (like my Aunt Maxine). Not familiar with a Kosher diet? Learn more here.
SooN COOKING HALAL™
This is a modification so that the recipe can be served to Halal guests. Full disclosure: I have yet to have a Halal guest at my table. However, this is one of the fastest growing food channels in America. Research indicated that it would be a relatively low effort on my part to include this segment in SooN LIVING. I hope in doing so I’ve delighted someone. Even if I only have one halal user, that would be a HUGE return on the investment in my mind! Please, please, PLEASE provide feedback if I am inaccurate with my Halal instructions. Not familiar with a Halal diet? Learn more here.
SooN COOKING CELIAC™
This is a modification so that the recipe can be served to guests who are Celiac (like my brother Randy). Not familiar with a Celiac disease? Learn more here.
SooN COOKING for ONE™
This is a modification to create two servings. A great fit if you would like to utilize SooN COOKING’s Serve and Reserve™ method. It would also be a perfect option for two people who do not like seconds or leftovers.
SooN COOKING for KIDS™
Do you have a picky toddler on your hands? I generally served mine whatever the adults were having but kept this kind of
Now. Enough background! Start SooN COOKING!
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This is a great resource for so many things in life! Can’t wait to try all of the recipes from brunch!
Thanks JHerzog, appreciate your support!
…met you on the ferry. I am Reilly’s aunt. I can see what your blog is becoming, and I like it very much!
Great to hear from you and thank you for visiting SooN LIVING! I’m so glad those women needed four seats and that I moved to your table. “How to Taste” is next on my list.