Hey there, you busy little bee!

I’m Ruthy and welcome to Percolate Kitchen.

This is where I share simple solutions for busy people, especially working parents, so they can conquer the weeknight dinner rush.

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 freelance recipe tester, recipe developer, and cooking instructor.

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.

Between child rearing and work and a social life and time for myself, I never felt like I ever had any time to actually cook for my family! Recipe testing as a job is fun, but it’s not always applicable to your daily life.

I mean, as much as my kids would be thrilled to do so, we’re not eating 8 different version of a tested coffee cake for dinner. #recipetesterproblems

 

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 that helped me get my act together in my own kitchen.

I created a set of go-to “no recipe” dinner options that I could turn to when the meal plan went to hell.

Then, I taught myself how to effectively meal plan.

I started grocery shopping smarter, strategically using the food I had on hand at home, and utilizing online ordering and delivery.

I mean, if I can order takeout with my phone, why the heck wasn’t I doing that with my grocery list!?

 

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

Once my tactics started working, I felt like I’d won the Mom Olympics! I was seeing a difference in our wallet and my stress level. My toddler was trying new foods, purposefully cooked, not something tossed on a plate because I was too tired to care.

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’m so thrilled you’re here.

Truly! 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!

 

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