Its been 14 years now since I opened my first community online forum. The internet has watched me go from no kids to 2 kids, a gal in her 20’s to a gal in her 40’s and while a lot of who I am has changed, the one that hasn’t is how much I love connecting and creating online.
You would never know that a young girl graduating from the University of South Florida with a Criminology B.A. would end up online taking pictures and sharing recipes and crafts for a living.
In the past 10 years I have been particularly blessed with an audience of millions, published in many mainstream magazines and even published a book with my daughter! And still, with all that personal pride and success, I love nothing more than the thrill of finding a passion inside me again and moving concretely into the food side dish niche.
I do not know about you, but making chicken and beef is easy- it’s the rest of the plate, the rest of the picnic and the rest of the party food that takes up my head space. In fact, getting my kids to eat even ONE piece of lettuce can feel like such a chore.
Additionally, over the last 10 years online my daughter, Charlotte, has been an important part of my journey. We have published a book together, created a website that was visited by millions per year, and we are now continuing on by partnering together on many of the recipes you see here. It’s so wonderful to work with her- even if we end up making far more messes than I had intended.
We hope that the Salty Side Dish is a way for you to try some of our favorite delicious side dishes and clear up your own confusion on what to serve. And with all the recipes being created, it’s also proven a great way to help my daughter learn the kitchen before she goes out on her own. I can’t say she loves everything (still working on getting her to eat green beans) but we always have fun.