Hello Foodies! Welcome to The Herbalist & The Carnivore.
I’m Tamara. I started this food blog to share my recipes with you because after living in a neighborhood for several years I found most families weren’t making dinner at home. Yep, when dinner was ready, most of the neighborhood kids would be at my table.
Since I’ve had kids (about 18 years ago) I’ve always cooked a home meal, I mean , yes, we do dine out from time to time, but mostly I cook real food at home. And since my tastes are a little fancy, I create restaurant quality recipes you can make at home. All it takes is a little planning.
As The Herbalist & The Carnivore, we explore what Pacific Northwest cuisine and lifestyle is all about. Being a coastal area, seafood is always on the table, we love our Dungeness crab. Foraging is a way of life with our vast forests and soups get us through the rainy season. Yes, a lot of rain, but that’s what makes it so lush here in Washington State. Did I mention we love our coffee? We do, I mean we ARE the home of Starbucks! And bourbon keeps us warm at night; we have a growing amount of distilleries popping up.
I may be bias but I truly believe it’s one of the best places to raise a family. Surrounded by mountains, outlined by beaches ,where local farms thrive and homegrown is a way of life. If I’m not cooking, you can find me out on the trail with my husband, kids and dog, remodeling a room in our old farmhouse (take a peek at the progress: DIY Farmhouse Remodel page) or digging in the dirt growing my own veggies..
I haven’t always loved cooking! Before I met my husband I was mostly a vegetarian. (I say mostly because I ate seafood, I mean we are in the Pacific Northwest!) Actually I didn’t eat much at all because I was an aspiring fashion model and stick thin just isn’t in my genes! It was a serious struggle to stay a size 4 at 5′ 10″ tall. I’ve got Swedish logger blood in me, you know.
When I met my Texan husband, he had never heard of a vegetarian, being a total carnivore. Seriously! It was when I had just given birth to our first child that I asked him to go to the local diner and grab me a cheeseburger. And that was that. I never went back. That was the beginning of my love of food and cooking and it’s a good thing because I had a family to raise.
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