My name is Amy Casey, and I love to cook. I cook for my family. I cook for my friends. I cook for my personal chef clients. And occasionally, I cook for strangers. Not every cook wants to be a 4-star restaurant chef preparing meals with truffles, black garlic, and foie gras. Most just want to make a good dinner, a delectable dessert, or a new appetizer that is tasty and a little out of the ordinary.
I was born in New Jersey, and my family moved to the suburbs of Chicago when I was two. I happily lived a white bread life in suburbia for 30 years. I married my college sweetheart, and we bought our first house two blocks from the home where I grew up. We travelled across the country for a short stint basking in the bright lights and dodging the paparazzi in Southern California with our three kids and two dogs. We are now settled in a small town in northern New Jersey with lots of deer, a few black bears and the same three kids and a puppy. Our home could use a little more vacuuming and a few loads of laundry put away, but there are always cookies in the cookie jar on the kitchen counter.
I started writing my blog, Dinners for a Year and Beyond, in January of 2007. All those scraps of paper with cooking notes scribbled on them and pages ripped from magazines with an idea for a recipe needed organizing. A blog was the best way to manage the chaos. After 5 years, Dinners for a Year and Beyond has run its course and I now add my latest and greatest recipes to to my new website.
My typical day revolves around cooking for my personal chef clients in New Jersey and planning the next meal I am going to prepare for my family. My evenings include reading cookbooks like novels, researching and testing recipes, and writing articles for our local newspaper and online foodie websites. With there being only so much food my family can consume, I opened my personal chef service to spread my feeding frenzy to other families. I plan, shop, and prepare meals for those who don’t have time to shop and cook, are looking for an alternative to take out and dining at restaurants, have special diet needs or just don’t like to cook.
I spend too much time reading blogs, cookbooks, and cooking magazines and writing for my own blog and articles, but I do enjoy it so. When I receive an email from someone who happened upon my blog or article and enjoyed one of my recipes with their family, it sets my heart a flutter. My blogging has opened up a writer in me that I never knew existed and I so enjoy combining writing with my love of cooking.
Feel free to drop me an email at amy(at)amycaseycooks(dot)com if you have a question about my recipes, want to know more about my personal chef service, or just want to chat about food.
Take care and happy cooking!