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Welcome! 

I can't believe I let 3 years go by without updating this page! (I'm a bad blogger!) My new goal is to keep this as updated as possible, since I'm sure if you're a new reader you'd actually like to know about current events in my life. Or not, maybe you're just here for the recipes? ;)

So, about me:

My name is Nichole, also know as the Cookaholic Wife. I live in Baltimore, Maryland and I turned 29 in April. Tom and I got married back in September 2010. We have 2 cats, Gidget and Itty. I started cooking out of necessity to feed myself something that wasn't burnt (more about that later) and not long after Tom and I moved in together and I was cooking most weeknights did cooking really become a passion. A few months after that I decided to start this blog. 

September 17, 2010 (this was not planned. I'm just glad he didn't drop me)

That was way back in November of 2009 (which is just crazy for me to think about. I've been blogging for 5 years already!? It feels like just yesterday I started.) 

This is Itty. She's a weird one. I mean, a Himalayan. 

I am most content in two situations. The first is when I'm in the kitchen baking something and the second is when I'm reading a book at the beach or somewhere near the water. My retirement goal in life is to be a beach bum. 

tattoo, on my left ankle, as proof of how much I love the beach. 

So the next thing you should know is I can be a bit long winded. Figure that out from this post yet? :) I try to keep the stories and commentary before and after the recipes pretty short since I figure you're here more for recipes than to hear my ramblings. I have a few posts, throughout the blog that aren't food related (and are categorized as such) where I'm just babbling away. 



Cook, Bake, Enjoy:
The tagline for this blog came to me when I was doing one of my favorite things, spending a Sunday morning in the kitchen. I have a routine, I wake up early on Sunday morning, turn on the Cooking Channel or Food Network and then I head into the kitchen. I make my breakfast and lunch for the week, any new dessert recipes I want to try and then later on, dinner for Sunday night. 

The more detailed truth of how I started cooking: 
My mom has the attention span of a goldfish. (Which is supposedly 3 seconds) Cooking is just not her thing. If the smoke detector wasn't going off, dinner wasn't done. Nothing was ever under-cooked, but always overcooked. Hell, the woman can even burn water. No, I'm serious. Read this post: My Mom Can Burn Water, Can You? I swear on my Kitchenaid, I'm not joking. 

As a teenager I got bored of the burnt and overcooked foods so I started where I think most people do; cooking Ramen, making those prepackaged side dishes, baking chicken, etc. 

My first successful non-packaged recipe was crab dip. There was a local restaurant that my first boyfriend and I used to go to quite frequently that had amazing crab dip. I decided I was going to make it for the boyfriends birthday. It turned out amazing and I began making it for every party or just anytime I could. I still have a lot of pride in that recipe, since it became my own creation, and people loved it. I had a few people tell me it was as good as that local restaurant. It took me a long time to share it, but I'm glad I did. I call it Nichole's Famous Crab Dip

Fast-forward to 2009 when Tom and I moved in together. I had amassed a small collection of recipes and figured I might as well put them to use. I've also always loved writing and spending some time on the internet lead me to realize there were tons of cooking blogs out there. Cooking and baking had become a new hobby of mine so I hopped on the blogging bandwagon and the rest is history! 

In the years I've spent in the kitchen, my preferences have changed quite a bit. First I loved to cook more than bake. Savory dishes were just much more fun than sweet ones. Now I have realized that when I want to relax, I bake. While I'd never want to become a chef, I could see myself owing a bakery in another life. However, one thing has remained constant since the beginning. 

Nothing makes me happier than feeding people. 

I host the holidays, we have random parties, I always bring a dish even when not asked to...all of it is because of that statement. I am most happy when I can feed people. Since you can't come through the screen and taste what I've prepared, I do the next best thing. I blog the recipes and hope someone will find it, make it and love it as much as I do. 

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, email me at cookaholicwife@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog post. 

I hope you enjoy the recipes!
~ Cookaholic Wife