About Ruthy

Hey there, you busy little bee!

I’m Ruthy, and welcome to Percolate Kitchen.

Need to get in touch with me? Drop a note straight into my inbox: ruthy@percolatekitchen.com

PK is where I share simple recipes and timesaving hacks for working parents who are tired of feeling overwhelmed and rushed on workday evenings.

I’m so glad you’re here. 

I’m a busy working mom with two small kids, married to a hard-working husband with a demanding job.

I’ve been in the restaurant and hospitality industry in one form or another for almost 20 years now. Currently, I’m a cooking instructor (click here for upcoming classes), and I’m a freelance recipe tester and recipe developer for food brands and cookbook publishers as well. Plus, I recently wrote a cookbook called The Healthy Sheet Pan Cookbook.

But even though I cook for a living (I mean, I have a degree in this stuff!) just a few short years ago, I felt stressed out in my own kitchen.

I was sick and tired of spending all day on my feet in the kitchen just to call for takeout at the end of the day.

I didn’t want any more dinners where my kids got frozen chicken nuggets and I had a baked potato because I didn’t have the brain power left to think of something creative and tasty for dinner.

So I sat down, and I figured out systems for my home that helped me get my act together.

First, I pulled together a list of my favorite hacks and timesaving tricks in the kitchen.

Then, I taught myself how to effectively meal plan, using what I call the ‘5 Minute Meal Plan’.

And I developed quick, simple recipes that are super weeknight friendly.

When I spoke to other busy working parents I knew, I would hear the same complaints I’d previously had.

“Too tired.” “Too stretched.” “I work long days, with no time to spend in the kitchen.”

I wanted a way to share my new ideas, meal planning tips, and simple recipes with other busy people, both parents, and non-parents alike. So I took my new systems and tactics, and combined them with what I knew from years of cooking instruction, recipe developing and testing.

Then, I began emailing out my recipes and ideas in a simple, weekly newsletter. People LOVED IT. I started getting new subscribers that weren’t my friends or my mom; the word was spreading!

I started putting all those recipes and guides into a website so I could keep track of everything better, and before I knew it, Percolate Kitchen had been born.

I believe in my heart that you, too can conquer your kitchen, get on top of meal planning, and make a difference in your life. I believe you’ll see smaller grocery receipts, a fatter wallet, lighter workload, and less kitchen stress.

Cooking and meal planning doesn’t have to take a ton of time and effort, it doesn’t require 9 thousand gadgets to clutter your precious counter space, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

I’ll help show you the way!

Happy eating!