Kitchen Gone Rogue
Hi – I’m Kelly, a PR and marketing communications pro by day … a Dallas/Fort Worth-based food blogger, recipe creator, restaurant reviewer and food photographer by night and weekends.
Kitchen Gone Rogue was born after a year spent remodeling a fixer upper house. My daughter had moved into her first college apartment and was asking for recipes for her favorite dishes I made as she and her brother grew up. Finished (and sick of) remodeling, I finally had a whole, leisurely weekend free when this request came in.
That “free time” turned into a weekend of cooking because it turned out that when/if I wrote down any of my recipes over the years (as I juggled running my own business, single motherhood and moonlighting as a taxi cab driver for my kiddos), they were typically scribbled onto scrap pieces of paper in my own messy shorthand (that I can barely even read). So that weekend, I re-created several of her favorites, making careful notes of exactly how much of this and that I used …
Which got me thinking … I love to cook, create recipes and try out new restaurants. Wouldn’t it be fun to share my food adventures and recipe concoctions online?
It didn’t take long for me to take this leisurely idea and turn it into something more (you’d say “of course” if you knew me), running with the idea and expanding it by building a website, creating a social media presence and adding recipes to the mix (and then more and more recipes …). Then learning more about food photography (my new passion). I have always loved cooking and concocting new recipes. It’s both calming and energizing for me after a day spent in meetings or, more often, planted in front of a computer.
I also have a dairy allergy I was diagnosed with over 20 years ago, my daughter is lactose-intolerant and my son has a peanut allergy, so I have been creating and adapting/re-making recipes for a long time. It has been a necessity for someone who loves food so much! You’ll find mostly dairy-free recipes at Kitchen Gone Rogue, but they’re recipes for anyone. Some, like my tomato chorizo salmon or pan-seared pork chops with mojo sauce or spicy cucumber, tomato, water chestnut salad wouldn’t have any dairy products in them anyway. Others — like my dairy-free gluten-free king ranch chicken casserole and dairy-free soy-free pumpkin pie and dairy-free potato corn chowder soup — creatively use non-dairy products to produce dishes that do NOT taste dairy-free and where, in some cases, you can just use regular milk and cheese where it calls for nondairy substitutes if you don’t have issues with milk products.
At Kitchen Gone Rogue, you’ll find reviews on restaurants, food, beer, cool places to visit and whatever else I feel like sharing. If I love something, I’ll tell you. If not, I’ll tell you that too. Because I love to eat so much, I also try to stay active by biking, kayaking, walking, visiting festivals and museums and, my favorite: dancing. You’ll also catch me being incredibly lazy, binge-watching HGTV and food shows.
More About Kelly
Although I was a picky eater as a young child, I have always enjoyed and appreciated food (and will eat almost anything now). Inspired by my mom, a talented home cook and baker, I love to prepare delicious meals and desserts for my family and guests. As a single working mom much of my life, I know how to cook on a budget (and tight timeline). “Power cooking” several meals at a time was a regular Sunday event, so we could eat healthy throughout our crazy busy week, without breaking the bank or turning to fast food. With my kids in college now, I have the luxury of more time to cook, get creative and, most important, finally write down all my recipes (in more than shorthand scribble only I can read). I also have more time to travel and write about my food and other adventures. 🙂
You won’t find one particular theme here — I love just about anything, from vegetables to desserts. I try to keep it healthy, but sometimes you just have to indulge! Most of my recipes are dairy-free, thanks to an allergy to cow’s milk I developed as an adult. Some recipes are also vegan and/or gluten-free. You’ll also find restaurant reviews (of those near and far) and food product reviews here.