Erin Parker // The Speckled Palate

Howdy! I’m Erin. Welcome to The Speckled Palate!

I’m the head cook and baker around these parts. When I’m not documenting lives as a photographer, you’ll likely find me in the kitchen, whipping up a treat or tinkering with a recipe that needs a little extra lovin’. Cooking and baking are a way for me to decompress, and I love them both.

I haven’t always been a kitchen diva. While I assisted my parents in the kitchen during my childhood and was on Hershey’s Kiss unwrapping duty during holiday baking, I never felt a connection to the culinary world 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. And I fell deeper in love when I realized cooking and baking are a fantastic way to bring friends together. 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 truly believe cooking/baking is my love language.

The Speckled Palate // January 2015 Collage

My food philosophy

Everything is OK in moderation. I’m not the kind of girl who is into deprivation. In fact, when someone tells me (or I tell myself) that I cannot eat a specific type of food, that is inevitably the ONLY thing that sounds good.

Life is too short not to eat good food. I don’t feel guilty enjoying an extra slice of pie during the holidays. Instead, I choose to balance it out with more vegetables, fruits and exercise and give myself a break.

I share all kinds of recipes — the super healthy weeknight dinners to the incredibly unhealthy indulgences — here at The Speckled Palate, and I like the balance that creates. I strive to use whole foods in my dishes, as well as use less sugar (or natural sugar substitutes) when I can.

The bottom line: Life is all about balance. We should absolutely treat ourselves and enjoy good food.

Erin Parker Skinner // The Speckled Palate

A little more about The Speckled Palate

The Speckled Palate launched in May 2011, and I’ve been sharing my love for food and different recipes ever since.

The Speckled Palate is about friendly, delicious, eclectic foods that have a story behind them. Part of the fun of cooking and baking is sharing my dishes with the people I love, and this blog is an extension of that. I only share recipes I love and would feed to guests in my home, and I strive to share the story behind each dish or an anecdote as to why the dish is important to me when I write about food.

The Speckled Palate’s tagline is ‘autobiographical food with a side of Southern flair.’ I try to live up to this motto with each new post.


Behind the Scenes Blog Tour // The Speckled Palate

A little more about me

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., where I lived until I moved to Baton Rouge, La. for college. Since graduation, I moved to Hattiesburg, Miss., Nashville, Tenn. and then back to Baton Rouge, La. for a little more than a year. Confusing, right? Well, I now reside in Dallas with my husband, Winston, and our daughter, Lady A, and our border collie mix pup, Lucy Belle. We have no plans of moving anytime soon.

Winston is my trusted taste-tester (not that he has any choice in the matter, nor is he complaining), and we eat every recipe shared here. I wouldn’t share something with y’all I didn’t personally enjoy, and I strive to create fun and delicious new recipes weekly. If there’s ever a surplus, especially of the sweet stuff, we like to share those goodies with our neighbors, friends and co-workers. It works out pretty nicely!

Keep in touch!

I love hearing from my readers! Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at erin [at] thespeckledpalate.com.

If you have a specific question, check out my FAQs. I do my best to respond to every e-mail and comment in a timely manner, but sometimes, comments and e-mails get lost. The best chance of me responding to you, especially if you have a question about a recipe, is commenting on the post.

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