About Percolate Kitchen: Simple Recipes for Busy, City-Living People

Hey there, you busy little bee!

I’m Ruthy, and welcome to Percolate Kitchen.

This is where I share simple recipes and easy-to-follow kitchen advice that helps busy, city-living people feel like they’ve got their kitchen act together, so they have more time to live their best lives.

Does that sound like you? Awesome! 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 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


So I sat down, and I figured out systems that helped me get my act together in my own kitchen.

First, 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!?


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

I started grocery shopping smarter, utilized cooking hacks so i could cook faster, and started utilizing online grocery 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 parent friends and busy professionals I knew, I would hear the same complaints I’d previously had.

Too tired. Too stretched. Such 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.

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!

So 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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