I began this blog in 2012 when my love for cooking recipes and my love for surfing the web intertwined. “This Gal Cooks” was born as a way for me to save and share recipes with family and friends and creatively express my love of cooking. On this blog you’ll find a variety of recipes including easy dinners, sweet treats, delicious breakfasts, smoothies, small bites and appetizers. The inspiration for my recipes comes from cookbooks, blogs, and things I’ve tried at restaurants or seen on menus.

Curry Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta is a simple side dish recipe that pairs well with your favorite steak, chicken or seafood recipe! | This Gal Cooks

Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake on This Gal Cooks





Shortly after I started my blog I fell in love with craft beer. Sometimes I cook with it but mostly I drink it. Pretty soon you might find craft beer posts popping up on my blog but for now you can get your fix on my Instagram page @craftbeerswoon.





I have a mean salty tooth – sweets are okay (I love pudding pie and cookies) but throw a giant juicy burger, a basket of waffle fries, a bowl of macaroni and cheese (total weakness right there) or a plate of BBQ ribs in front of me and I’ll totally forget about sweets.

That said, I do eat a lot of healthier food. I’m totally hooked on grass-fed meat, pastured chicken and pork and free-range eggs. Me and veggies are becoming good friends, too. Especially if their names are broccoli, asparagus, sweet potatoes or brussels sprouts.

About Me

I’m a Florida native, a wanderlust, a dark chocoholic, online shopping enthusiast, health and nutrition nerd, and craft beer aficionado. I live with my boyfriend Ken and our new pup McFluff. RIP to our beloved dog Kahlua.

Ken, Me, our beloved dog Kahlua

our new pup McFluff

I began my life in Gainesville, FL during the wee hours of the morning on a most likely hot September day. I was adopted when I was 5 weeks old and grew up in Lakeland, FL.  I currently live in South East Florida in the small town of Stuart. I’m an accounting assistant by day, blogger by night. I love traveling – my favorite state to visit is North Carolina but I fell in love with Minnesota when I vacationed there, even though it was during the bitter, snowy cold of December. One day I’d love to visit Montana, California, Oregon and Arizona.

I love all of these things, in no particular order:

  • dogs
  • coffee
  • music, art, television
  • the outdoors
  • mexican food
  • mountains
  • cooking
  • chocolate
  • traveling
  • Game of Thrones
  • photography

Not a fan of these things:

  • loud noises
  • running
  • long movies
  • pop-style country music
  • spiders
  • heat

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