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About


 Me and my lovely family picnicing on Kelley's Island a few years ago 
(I love this picture).

Hello and welcome to Casa En La Cocina…
If you are new to Casa En La Cocina, please allow me to take a moment to acquaint you with the site.  Casa En La Cocina is a blog, or a personal website, created and maintained by me, Mary Spilman, to chronicle my adventures in cooking.  Unlike most of the large cooking sites that populate the Web, with thousands of viewers, and thousands of recipes, Casa En La Cocina is my personal blog, and all the recipes are tested, and maybe even crated, by me, or my friends and family.  I hold no pretensions about my skills in the kitchen, I’m just a fairly good home cook who loves (usually) cooking and trying out new things.  I invite you to try the recipes, and if you would like (I know I would, very much), leave me a comment.  Do you collect recipes and cookbooks, or  are you just looking for some inspiration?   Think of this as me sharing my collection with you, and hopefully you will find some inspiration here.   As I prepare recipes multiple times, I often think of improvements, or just tasty variations, and update the recipes. So keep in mind that what you see here is a work in progress.
About me…
My name is Mary Spilman and I live in Hamilton, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati.   I have no culinary training of any sort, I am “just” a stay at home mom who does a lot of volunteer work, and as of August 2010, I will be a graduate student at Miami University.  I love to play in the dirt in the garden, as well as getting messy in the kitchen.  I really only started getting any good at either endeavor when I left the "paid" workforce (as all parents at home will attest, I do plenty of work!). I was really able to explore and learn when I wasn't always in a rush just to get something on the table.
How I got started with this whole blogging thing…
I joined Facebook during the summer of 2009, and started posting food (and flower) photos very soon after. That fall I made the statement that I should write a food blog, to which some friends said, "Do it." My blog, Casa En La Cocina, was born during October 2009, and it continues to be a learning experience as I navigate my way around this new medium.  Please join me on my journey...
Where I get my recipes...
Many of the recipes are old favorites of family and friends, many I have made up, and many are those that I have found (and usually adapted to my needs) in cookbooks, magazines, and on the Internet. I will credit my sources if I use a recipe not my own, and will even credit the inspiration for dishes I have created, if appropriate.
Copyright…
My recipes and personal food photography are copyright protected.  That said, as long as you give credit where it is due (please include the name Casa En La Cocina), and link back to my post, please feel free to share my work on your own blog or social network.

Advertising…
I dislike the constant buzz of ads in our daily lives, and nothing annoys me more than pop-ups and scrolling ads distracting me from what I am trying to read.  I am not in this to make money, I am here to have fun, and to collect recipes for me and whoever else may care to come along for the adventure.  The handful of “ads” that you see in my sidebar are not for products, but are blog directories with which I have listed Casa En La Cocina- nothing moves or flashes, so they should not be too distracting.  Please feel free to find refuge here, I do.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit!!
If you wish to contact me directly, you can Email me at maryspilman(at)cinci(dot)rr(dot)com
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