Howdy do!

I’m Erin. I’m the head cook and baker around these parts. I haven’t always been much of a chef or baker, though. While I always assisted my parents in the kitchen while growing up and was assigned Hershey kiss duty for holiday baking, I never really felt that connection with all things culinary until I went to college.

Call me crazy, but I fell in love with cooking when I realized I could make dishes better than the dining hall could. And I fell deeper in love when I realized that cooking and baking are a fantastic way to bring friends together. (Because, let’s be honest, who likes to cook for just themselves? Not this girl.) And then I fell head over heels when I met my now-husband, and we cooked together as a team.

Yes, I’m a sap. It’s true. And I think cooking/baking is kind of my love language.

When I’m not slaving away in the kitchen – ha – you can find me working for national and local media outlets, as well as individuals, documenting news and lives through my lens. And it pretty much goes without saying that I love what I do. Every day.

Some more random information for you:

Things I can’t resist: strawberry-whiskey cocktails, puppy snuggles, half marathons, dark chocolate covered pretzels, AP style (and the inevitable use of lots of parentheses even though those are NOT AP style) and semi-emo piano/guitar music.

Things I could live without: 100+ degree heat, cilantro and broken technology.

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Kaci Johanna June 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

My god, you are just adorable. I mean, I’ve known this for awhile now, but then you go and say things like, “I’m the head chef and baker around these parts,” and I get all swoony (in a non-creepy way!) all over again. Love your new digs, lady!

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Erin July 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Awww, thanks, Kaci!

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erin June 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Ditto to what Kaci said!

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Erin July 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Thanks, name twin! :)

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katieforbisg June 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I totally HATE cilantro too!

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Erin June 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

This is one of the many reasons we are friends…

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Jayne December 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

Ah, I use parentheses like it’s going out of style. Probably annoying to some but my brain thinking patterns move quicker than my fingers on the keyboard. :-D Also, I agree with the ladies. You’re adorable.

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Erin December 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Haha, glad I’m not the only one who loves parentheses. My brain works the same way… so high-five for that! And thank you. :) You’re too sweet.

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jim January 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

please sign me up for email newsletter thanks

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Erin January 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

Hey Jim. I’m working on setting up an e-mail subscription to get posts from The Speckled Palate in your e-mail address. Is this what you’re interested in subscribing to?

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Elizabeth January 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Love your blog

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Erin January 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

Thank you, Elizabeth! Glad you stopped by!

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laurasmess February 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi Erin! I love your back-story. Haha, I think I fell into a love of cooking in exactly the same way… it warms my heart completely when I see other people enjoying my food, laughing, making conversation and leaving my little apartment feeling full-bellied and satisfied. I DO love cilantro though (argh, I hope that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends!). I’m a new reader of your blog so I just want to say thank you for sharing your honest thoughts, beautiful recipes and fresh inspirations. I’ll be following you from now on! :)

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Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Laura, thanks so much! I love to hear that you fell in love with cooking the same and that we both enjoy sharing our love of food with others. It’s the best, huh? Haha. Don’t fret about the cilantro thing — I’m sure we can work our way around that — and I am so happy you stopped by! I’m heading over to check out your blog this afternoon.

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laurasmess February 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Ah, so relieved!! Thanks for checking in with my blog dear Erin, you’re lovely… I look forward to sharing more recipes and stories as the year progresses :)

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Erin February 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Haha. Most definitely! And ditto — I look forward to sharing more recipes and stories with you as the year progresses. I cannot believe it’s already mid-February.

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laurasmess March 15, 2013 at 3:25 am

Erinnnn! Uh, this is kinda corny but I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award. I’m a bit of a… blog award cynic? But I decided to accept mine and write a post in a truly genuine manner, because people like you deserve to be celebrated. Take a look if you like. Sending you a hug! http://laurasmess.me/2013/03/15/awards-and-acknowledgements/

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Erin March 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Aww, Laura. You are TOO SWEET! Thank you so much, lady! I’m honored and so surprised! Hugs to you from Texas, lady!

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Ally June 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Such a lovely blog! Can’t wait to read more :)

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Erin July 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thanks so much, Ally!

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Johanna August 7, 2013 at 4:04 am

Wait wait waiiiiiit… how can you live in Texas and not love cilantro?! ALL THE MEXICAN FOOD! This has just blown my mind, I don’t think I could live without it..
That being said, I am really happy to have found a cooking blog that isn’t so.. preachy? Can I say that? I mean, no disrespect to the other food bloggers, but I like to just see delicious food that’s photographed well, so your blog is like JACKPOT! Can’t wait to go explore!
xx Johanna
Dear Life, We Need To Talk

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Erin August 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I know, I know. It’s crazy, huh, Johanna? In my defense, I wasn’t born here… and I hear the ability to like/taste cilantro as it actually tastes is due to genetics, so I’m blaming my parents. (Kidding. Kind of.)

Thanks for the compliment about not being preachy. That’s never my intention, and I have a blast photographing this food and telling stories about it or random things from my life, so I hope you continue to enjoy it and explore some more. Thanks for stopping by!

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Kim December 19, 2013 at 3:07 am

I can testify first hand of your fabulous cooking skills! Love your blog!!

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Caden February 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I hate cilantro as well. I live in San Antonio, but back home in Arkansas my mother still drug that blasted plant home to poison the food, Ick.

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Rachel @ The Creole Woman March 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Wait! No Cilantro? Well to each his own. Love this description..I’m actually going to make a Caribbean Version of your Biscuits and Gravy tonight. I will keep you posted on how it turns out. Toodles!

- Rachel

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Jen @ Marshmallows and Margaritas March 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hearts for AP style (and lots of parentheses)! I do love cilantro, though. So excited to find your blog through Food Blogger Pro! :)

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