Our Story

The Story

My life seems to revolve around food. Buying it, thinking about it, preparing it, cooking it, eating it, cleaning up after it. Storing it, planning for it. Growing it, needing it, wanting it, loving it. Sharing it.

My father taught me how to cook at a young age. I soon learned the value of being able to put a meal on the table with whatever food we had on hand. Daddy showed me how to cook the basics and to appreciate flavors.


Story About Us Me and Daddy


Today, putting a meal on the table gets a little tricky. My husband and I are both employed full-time. Our 3 daughters have full-time lives. Soccer, voice lessons, social lives, college schedules, homework, Tennessee football games, band competitions. Getting home from work and coming up with an evening meal, cooking, cleaning, life…drive thru, please?

our story about us the girls

So, how do we do it all today? How can families of today have jobs, enjoy activities, stick to the budget, and spend quality family time in the kitchen with meals WE prepared?

For us, the answer is in our past. I looked to my parents, grandparents, and family for inspiration. They didn’t have it easy. They did not have the modern conveniences and ingredients that we have today. They, too, had jobs, bills, and busy lives. They didn’t have a lot of money. But they always made the time and took the time to put delicious food on the table.

Buy This Cook That is dedicated to sharing with others how our family inspires us to cook, to prepare, and to provide. It is also dedicated to our followers…the food lovers out there who want to do the same for their family.



The Goal
Not sure about your house, but around here “What do you want for supper?” and “I’m hungry.” are on repeat. It gets old, doesn’t it? How many times have you heard “I don’t know.” and “Whatever.” and “Ummm, pizza”?

My family has taken this issue head on. Each week, we try to make a list of all the food we have in the house. We sit down and figure out as many meals as possible that we can make with those ingredients. From that, we create a shopping list with just the essential ingredients needed to make those recipes. Then we buy just those items, and try to stick to our meal list.

Buy This, Cook That features advice on how to go about it. We provide helpful grocery tips on how to shop on a budget, how to make good food choices, and how to prepare yummy meals. One of our goals is to be a resource to aspiring, new home cooks, busy families who need new ideas, and even foodie experts who may want a taste of down-home.

Our family recipes use flavorful, versatile ingredients. Buy This, Cook That also adapts hand-me-down recipes from generations past. The very best we share with you. We also find recipes from our friends and favorite online cooks. Always learning, always trying, always tasting!

And all of our food is prepared in a small country kitchen, with simple tools and simple methods.

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