Hi! I’m Mikayla, the food nerd behind The Flour Handprint. Welcome to the journey of made from scratch cooking and a bit of nerdy food learning!
I’m so happy to have you here, sharing my voracious love for all things food was a big reason I began this blog back in 2017. Here’s a little about me, I was born, raised, and still live in the Bay area of California. We’re surrounded by beautiful produce and good food, so it’s not a bad place to be! Now married with my first little boy, a rambunctious toddler, blogging has enabled me to stay home with him, and hopefully provide him a chronicle of the cooking we’ll do together through the years to come.
Food has always been a bit of an obsession of mine. I love to eat it, cook it, talk endlessly about it, and especially learn about how to cook it. Once upon a time I thought I would go to culinary school and become a chef, but instead I chose to follow my other big passion in life and obtained my BA in Creative Writing. I’m so fortunate to have found blogging, it has allowed me to write and cook for a living, so I think I’ve found the best of both worlds! (While also working on my first novel!)
Lack of formal training certainly doesn’t stop me from trying to learn as much as I can about food. You could call me a research nerd. I have a voracious curiosity and am proud of it! I consider myself a home chef in training (there’s always more to learn), and strive to inspire my fellow food loving home cooks with well tested recipes and cooking guides.
When it comes to my cooking style, I tend toward made from scratch food, it’s always more delicious! While I may not be curing my own prosciutto (someday maybe!), I make everything I can from scratch. I believe firmly that understanding a recipe and ingredients improves your cooking, which is why I also share cooking techniques, ratios, and any tips I discover in my cooking.
All that said, cooking should be fun, not stressful. I’ll make anything from scratch, as long as its reasonable for my budget, my time, and my family. Bonus, I share it ALL with YOU!
what can you expect from the Flour Handprint?
- Recipes highlighting seasonal foods and maximizing the incredible flavors of fresh produce.
- Find year around favorites like homemade breads and sauces to fill out your family menu no matter what the season.
- Get access to informative cooking guides that help you improve your cooking, with related recipes to get you started!
- Be inspired and encouraged to be creative. I hope every recipe I share is delicious and satisfying…but I also hope to equip you with everything needed to make any recipe your own and experiment in your own kitchen.
As I’ve grown into a more confident cook, I’ve discovered there isn’t much I’m scared to try once. My hope is that one day you’ll be surprised when you find yourself eating out and saying…hey, I could make this better at home!
Join me here to access recipes I develop and an ever growing encyclopedic resource of food information. I intend to leave no question unanswered!
Looking for an answer to that food question that’s been bugging you? Ask me to find the answer for you by contacting me here!
So Why “The Flour Handprint”?
Growing up my mom was always in the kitchen. She was my very first food resource and taught me the first of my recipes. More importantly she taught me that food was love. The host of many holiday dinners, and always armed with a dish to share if she wasn’t, I learned early that one of the best things about eating good food is sharing it with the people you love.
I will always remember her showing me the perfect moment to pull sugar cookies from the oven, but what I remember most of all is that she never escaped a baking project without a perfect white flour handprint somewhere on her person.
I can’t think of a better name than that image. One that encapsulates what food means to me: love, happiness, and freedom. It will encourage and fuel my passion to discover more about food and how to share it with the world.