Welcome to The Copper Table: Slow Food for a Fast World.
I’m so glad you’re here! If you are hoping to find out more about this blog and its creator, this is the best place to start!
This blog is about minimizing the use of processed foods when cooking, using fresh seasonal ingredients, and making as many things as possible from scratch without taking all day in the kitchen. Great food isn’t difficult, and it often doesn’t have to take a lot of time!
my cooking philosophy
It is my mission not only to help you cook fresh, but to have fun in the kitchen! The question “What’s for dinner?” should not be a stressor, but a place of solace.
finding joy in food
love what you eat, and eat what you love
I am a big believer in a common sense approach to eating food I enjoy. After spending too many years going between eating my feelings and trying all the diets, I have found joy in food again by eating real, fresh food and using quality ingredients.
Over the years, I started taking control of my diet again, saying NO to extremes, and taking an “everything in moderation approach” to eating. It didn’t take long to notice how much better I felt eating fresh ingredients that are minimally processed. I have also discovered it’s much easier for me to lose weight and keep it off!
Minimizing Processed Foods
Through years of trial and error, I have learned a lot about cutting out processed foods, and making things from scratch as much as possible.
In my recipes, you’ll see the occasional use of a canned product such as tomatoes or coconut milk, peanut butter, store bought dried pasta or bread, and sometimes a bottled condiment. Most of us don’t have the time or equipment to make these items, so sometimes store bought makes sense.
keeping it fresh
What you won’t find here are recipes utilizing ingredients such as margarine, whipped topping, or cream-of-something soup. I like to keep things as homemade and fresh as possible!
homemade is better
It’s easy and delicious
In my years on this cooking journey, I have found one of the best places to start cutting out processed food is making your own salad dressings, spice blends, and sauces rather than buying them in a can or bottle.
If you want to see examples of making your own curry paste or spice blends for recipes, check out my Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas, Slow Cooker Beef Tacos and Homemade Toppings, or One Pot Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.
Keeping Cooking Fun with Less Common Ingredients
Cooking and eating should never be boring, and I have developed a real passion for using lesser known varieties of seasonal produce and other uncommon ingredients.
I am always looking to broaden my horizons in the kitchen, and working with unique ingredients is a great way to boost creativity.
try something different
If you are interested in trying ingredients that may be new to you, take a look at recipes such as Risotto with Sweet Meat Squash, No Bake Ruby Chocolate Tart, Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry with Bamboo Rice, or Garlic Scape Ravioli.
other goodness you’ll find
easy dinners and pantry staples
We all get busy, and that’s why I have a whole category of recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners, for those hectic days when you need something fresh fast and don’t want takeout.
Check out my category Cooking Guides and Pantry Staples for more recipes to help you cook from scratch. You’ll find some easy ways to make your own pumpkin puree, creme fraiche, and quick pickles for an easy sandwich pick me up, and much more.
The Ingredients I Work With
I try to use certain ingredients across all recipes when cooking, because not only does it reduce the amount of ingredients I buy, but I find it provides consistency.
I use Avocado Oil almost exclusively in my cooking, because it has a high smoke point and mild flavor. When baking, I almost always use vegetable oil. I love pink Himalayan salt and use that most often. I never use salted butter, only unsalted so that I have more control over the salt content of my dishes.
Let’s Get Cooking
I hope you enjoy all of the recipes the site has to offer, and I am glad to have you on this cooking journey with me!
hello! I’m Amy
Creator and Recipe developer
I live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest and I am very fortunate to live in such a wonderful place!
When I am not wandering the beach or walking in the woods, you will probably find me cooking, reading, writing, wandering our local farmers market during market season, or spending time with my family. The outdoors is my favorite place to be when I am not in the kitchen!
get to know me
some things i love…
- The Beach! It is my sanctuary. The best place to sit will always be on a bench by the water on a foggy day.
- Good quality chocolate. Can I just say that white chocolate is woefully underrated?
- I love a good Farmers Market! They are full of wonderful ingredients and cooking inspiration.
- Cheesecake! It is versatile, creamy, and indulgent. When given the choice, I will always choose cheesecake over any other dessert.
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