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, its contents, and its creator, this is the best place to start!
Cooking has always been one of my most favorite things. I have been doing it since I was tall enough to reach the knobs on the stove. I am largely self taught, having spent many years reading cookbooks the way most people read novels.
Cooking My Way to Better Physical and Mental Health
A few years ago, cooking became my saving grace after being hit with a tidal wave of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. In an attempt to feel like myself again, I went back into the kitchen. It was exactly what my mental health needed! As much as I have always loved to cook, the time I spent in the kitchen after the birth of my youngest brought me back to center in a time when I thought I would never feel normal again.
It was also a period that I spent really refining my skills in the kitchen. Through some trial and error, I learned more about cutting out processed foods as much as possible, along with taking a “use what you have” approach to reduce kitchen waste and really get the most out of our food budget. I also began getting more exercise and spending more time outdoors. I started taking control of my diet again, saying NO to extremes, and taking an “everything in moderation approach” to eating.
Over the years, I have noticed how much better I feel eating fresh ingredients that are minimally processed. I have also found it is much easier for me to lose weight and keep it off!
About My Cooking Philosophy
So many of us lead hectic lives that are a bit overwhelming, and at times very stressful. I feel strongly that a meal cooked by us, for us, and for our loved ones can and should be therapeutic. The question “What’s for dinner?” should not be a stressor. It should be a place of solace: an end of day activity that brings us joy, as we lose the worries of our day in stirring, chopping, or whisking. At the end of it all comes the greatest of rewards. Eating a meal prepared from scratch with your own two hands. In my own life, I have found this to be healing both mentally and physically.
I created this blog to help others slow their food down in this fast world we live in, and to get more pleasure out of making great dishes to fuel both body and soul. With my whole heart, I know it is possible in this busy world we live in to put a homemade meal on the table. Along with slowing our lives down a little bit, I think we should slow our food down as well and eat fresh made meals that make us feel just as good to eat them as it does to cook them. Great food that are homemade does not have to be difficult. I hope that the content of this website will be helpful to you in discovering just that.
What You Will Find on This Blog
In this blog I will share with you ways to cut processed foods out of your diet, and tips for reducing kitchen waste and utilizing local food from the Farmers Market. You will find the occasional use of things such as a canned tomato product, peanut butter, canned milk, or bottled condiment. I do my best to keep these items at a minimum, however.
While it is absolutely possible to minimize the use of processed ingredients, most of us just don’t have the time or even the equipment to make our macaroni from scratch for macaroni and cheese, so of course in cases such as those it is appropriate to use something store bought versus homemade. 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 fresh as possible!
There is a wide variety of recipes on this site to suit most any mood, occasion, or cooking ability with plenty of helpful tips for cooks of all levels. If you need it, there is also some helpful information about kitchen equipment and pantry items to keep in your kitchen.
What I Like To Eat
I am a big believer in “everything in moderation”. I love food of all kinds! After spending many years going between eating my feelings and trying all the diets, I have found joy in food again.
Fortunately, I live in a place with an abundance of small local farms. I very much enjoy cooking with and eating seasonal produce and ingredients that are not found in most local grocery stores, such as sweet meat squash or garlic scapes. I also love using fresh herbs, local produce, teas, and florals. If these are ingredients that you want to learn more about and how to work with them, you will find some great ideas!
In my quest to eat a more healthy and cooked from scratch diet, I eat a wide array of fruits and vegetables. While I am not a vegetarian, I have a great appreciation for vegetarian dishes and as a result, you will find a good variety of them here to enjoy. Also, I love cheesecake, so there are more than a few of those!
Please explore the site and try as many recipes as you like! This blog is a labor of love for me, and I hope that you enjoy its content as much as I enjoy creating it!
My name is Amy, and I am the founder and creator at The Copper Table! I live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest and I am very fortunate to live in such a wonderful place! I am able to enjoy its beauty year round thanks to our mild weather. The outdoors is my favorite place to be when I am not in the kitchen. I love exploring new places, as well as finding new things I never noticed about places I’ve been before.
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. Sometimes, we make cooking a family affair. Like many families we have memories, stories, and experiences that are deeply rooted in food. You will find a few of those memories shared throughout the blog.
My childhood dreams revolved around writing and cooking for a living. But like so many of us, other things got in the way. I finally realized it was time to go for it. That’s when I decided to pursue my dream of cooking good food and writing about it, so here I am!
A few things I love: cooking (obviously), day trips, good quality chocolate (white chocolate is woefully underrated), and books of all kinds. I also love British television, the beach, parks, and foggy mornings that give way to sunny afternoons. My best place to sit will always be on a bench by the water on a foggy day. With a good cup of tea, of course.
Thanks to my grandmother, I have a deep appreciation for all things old, whether it be buildings, places, or movies. I will never turn down a museum or old home tour. I am an analog person who went kicking and screaming into the digital age. While I am tech savvy, paper books will always have a piece of my heart.
I have always believed that life is best when lived simply and that we are better off collecting memories and experiences, not things. If you are reading this, I want to thank you for visiting this blog. I sincerely hope you stay awhile!