Hello!  And welcome to The Humble Gourmet!

Jillian Einck, The Humble Gourmet
Let me tell you a little about myself:  my name is
Jillian.  I work, I watch musicals, I sleep.  And in between these things, I
cook.  And cook, and cook, and cook.  And now, I blog about cooking as well.

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time, but I wanted to make
sure it was about something I was truly interested in, something that was just
for me. I went through several different ideas of what I wanted this blog to be about: healthy living, theatre, San Francisco, ballet. But I kept coming back to the idea of food. Because I love food. I love making it, I love eating it, I love food. And I love learning more about food. 6 years ago, I’d never had anything besides regular table salt, and now Himalayan Pink Salt is one of my favorite seasonings. I had never made pudding before. Or panna cotta. Or roasted a whole chicken. Or braised ANYTHING. The list goes on and on. I had always been interested in cooking, especially baking, and had even thought about attending
the Culinary Academy instead of college. But, I went to college, majored in theatre, and then got a string of non-food related jobs. But my interest kept growing. I started trying more complex and difficult recipes. I made pot de crème for the first time, and cheesecake. I cooked with lamb and quinoa. I made my own ginger pear preserves. Then I started changing up recipes; less of this, more of that, customizing, making them my own while using the existing recipe as a base to jump off of. Then I started creating my own recipes: Peanut butter and
Jelly Cheesecake, Sautéed Mushrooms with Haricots Verts, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fresh Sage, Chocolate Macarons with Whipped Jersey Filling. It was so fun, so addicting, so rewarding watching my family, particularly my husband, chow down on these creations with such glee. I started thinking there was something to this “cooking” thing. Then I started reading all the cooking blogs. The beautiful photography and creative recipes definitely drew me in, but it was
the passion, the joy, the absolute delight these bloggers had in what they
created that got me hooked. I knew that this was what I wanted to blog about. This is what I would enjoy, what I wouldn’t (hopefully!) burn out on. Because we all need to eat, right? So why not eat well?