More About Rachel @ Rachel’s Recipe Collection
Hi! I’m Rachel, wife, writer, food stylist and photographer for Rachel’s Recipe Collection. Born and raised in southern California, I now live in Colorado Springs, CO at 6,100 feet. I’m a self-taught cook and especially love to bake, probably because I love to eat sweets as much as I like to make them. I can spend long hours in the kitchen testing recipes and not think anything of it. I believe that food is meant to be shared, never hoarded. I think everyone should know the basics of cooking because we all know that you shouldn’t eat fast and processed foods, it’s simply bad health.
I like to show you the steps to recipes when recipes are beyond the basics of cooking and baking. Many of the recipes are my own and many are from other cooks, chefs and resources tested and review by me for obvious taste, level of difficulty and for high altitude.
2014 Easter Brunch Buffet Table
When I’m not in the kitchen, I’m in the garden, or shopping for home decor items at local boutiques, flea markets and antique stores, or I’m planning for my next party or holiday gathering. I especially like the spring and the Easter season so planning a brunch has been a new tradition in our home for the last 4 years. I also enjoy other home projects like painting furniture, sewing or any craft project that interest me.
Easter 2014 – Food Label Displays
I’m a DIY kinda girl and like to challenge my creativity. On my flea market adventures, I like looking for useable service ware, baking and cooking tools. I like to use my finds not just display them. If they break, well, at least I was able to use and enjoy them. And that goes for all material possessions I own. I USE them daily, no matter what their value, that’s what they were made for!
Chocolate and Ice Cream Molds
I like to travel more than my husband whenever possible. Since he’s a commercial pilot, the idea of sitting in the back of the plane “at the office” isn’t always his way of spending down-time. He rides his Harley to do that. But for the most part, he’s game and his benefits don’t hurt my campaigns to go on trips at the spur of the moment, either. So, I have no complaints. Last year we visited Ireland for two weeks. We had a great time.
We drove around the southern part of Ireland with no hotel reservations,just stopping in towns where we thought we may want to stay, then looked for a room. Driving through Ireland was so beautiful and the people were so fun and friendly.
Harvest Home Bakery, Trim, Ireland
We visited a castle in Kilkenny, stopped in Waterford, (Waterford Crystal) stayed at a beach front B&B in Dingle, (last room in the entire town!) took a ferry over the River Shannon, stayed in Doolin, missed our boat back to the mainland and stay a night in Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands and stayed at Trim Castle Hotel with a direct view of Trim Castle. And of course, along the way, I managed to find local farmers markets and bakeries throughout our road trip. My favorite proprietor was discovered at the farmers market at Kilkenny Castle, Truffle Fairy Chocolatier.
Truffle Fair Chocolatier, Thomastown, Ireland
A small family own chocolate shop full of unique truffles and fudge! On our way to Waterford we visited her shop in Thomastown. The little aqua blue building couldn’t be missed and was located in the middle of the tiny town located on a steep down-ward curve of the street. I wished I could have bottled the chocolate aroma from the shop. They packed up my half-pound of chocolate assortments in the cutest blue box with a chocolate colored silk-like bow (sorry, I love packaging, it must be the Japanese in me! lol).
On our last night it was Arthur’s Day, “Arthur” of Arthur Guinness beer. Since my husband is a fond beer advocate, we “had” to visit the brewery. It was a perfect end to the trip, a little chocolate and a stout, or two, or three on Arthur Day!
Thanks for getting to “know” a little bit about me. If you want to know more, just ask. Send an email here: at RachelsRecipeCollection@gmail.com
Waterford Crystal Factory, Waterford, Ireland
Inishmore, Aran Islands Ireland