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About Me

Hey, I’m Stephie. Welcome to Stephie Cooks!

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I’m a 20-something gal living in Central Illinois, living my “adult” life as best I know how.

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That includes a lot of food. A LOT of food.

I started this site in 2011 as Eat Your Heart Out as a way to document my adventures in my (at the time) small apartment kitchen. This corner of the internet has grown a lot in that time, and I eventually made the decision to rebrand to Stephie Cooks – because, really, when it comes right down to it, cooking is exactly what I do – for friends, for family, for everyone. (Read more about my decision to rebrand HERE.)

My mother grew up learning to cook and bake from her grandmother. She, in turn, passed her knowledge on to me. And I, in turn, am passing what I have learned on to you through this website.

For me, cooking for others and sharing food is an emotional experience. It is something that comes from the heart. Good food brings people together in a way that few other things can. Some of my favorite memories take place around the dining room table; even in the worst of times, it is around the table that my family has found the strength to smile and laugh.

I will never claim to know everything about food or cooking; I simply have a passion for food, discovering great recipes, creating new memories, and passing those recipes on for others to enjoy and create memories of their own.

When I’m not in my kitchen, I can probably be found watching mildly trashy reality TV, reading or crocheting. Why yes, I am an old woman in a 28-year-old’s body, why do you ask?

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Sharing this home is my husband, Alex. He works as a chef at a local farm-to-fork restaurant, so we have really pigeon-holed ourselves as the foodie couple. Somehow, we always find ourselves cooking, even in other people’s homes. It works for us. Food is how the two of us fell in love, and it’s how we show love.

We also have four fuzzy little rescued monsters who are our babies:

Cora was my first baby and is still the brattiest of the bunch. Tabbies, man.

Pretty little Roux-baby. ????

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Roux is a Daddy’s girl to the extreme, and likes to sass us while pretending she’s just being cute (because it really is). She’s got that Tortie ‘tude.

Reus, meanwhile, is a Momma’s boy and is the most handsome, mellow dog on the planet. Sorry if you thought it was your dog.

Last, but not least, is Anya, who is the baby of the group. Her favorite activities include digging dirty Q-Tips out of the trash and eating catnip mice. She makes us laugh every day.

We’re exceptionally passionate about animal rescue and will talk your ear off about our animals if you give us a chance. Well, that and charcuterie. God bless our friends for still hanging out with us.

The only food that I positively detest is chocolate. Please don’t judge me. It’s just a thing. I promise I will still try to post chocolate recipes every now and again; I will just use my friends as my guinea pigs taste-testers.

If you made it through all of that, you’re the best, and I’m truly glad you are here.


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Thursday 21st of February 2013

[...] your heart out¬†AKA Stephie¬†was sent some pumpkin butter, from Gandma’s Jam House, some gorgonzola ravioli from [...]


Monday 7th of May 2012

I found your blog thru Tasty Kitchen. I enjoyed going thru several of your recipes. It appears you have many family recipes. I think family recipes are always best. Many of my recipes have been handed down to me verbally thru my mom and aunts over the years. I liked your website and I will be back. Thanks!

Audrey Young

Tuesday 27th of March 2012

Can't believe I just found this! You will give me inspiration in my poorly equipped kitchen in Edinburgh!

xx Aud


Tuesday 27th of March 2012

Aw, yay! I'm so glad =) If you ever have any requests, send them along and I will see what I can do!

Amanda and Tim Hopper

Monday 19th of September 2011

I love reading your posts from your mom and you about the recipes you try. I myself have been "piddling" around with recipes for better alternatives in ingredients. And I find it a good character builder when you finally "crack" the code and your recipe turns out ten times better then it did with the original ingredients. And it's healthier to boot! I look forward to many more wonderful recipes and stories. I think I may just go upstairs and make some yummy muffins, I will then let you know how they turn out. by the way, if you ever need a "Guinea Pig" for the chocolate.....I'm all over it!