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How Cookin' Came to Be

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I started cooking as a child in the small town of Ridgefield, Connecticut where I grew up.  My parents worked long hours as owners of Liberta’s Spirit Shoppe our family Liquor/Wine business for over 30 years.  I loved to play around in the kitchen so this gave me the opportunity to cook for my family and find my passion.  I was blessed to have loving parents and an amazing culinary arts teacher in High School that encouraged me to follow my dream.

I started working in the hospitality industry at age 16 at a local country club snack shop and never turned back!  I wanted a well-rounded education and hands on is how I learn best!  I have been blessed through the years working in some very unique environments including a dude ranch in Dubois, Wyoming during Culinary School.  The ranch was located about 3 hours from Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton Mountains.  I was the assistant to the main chef preparing 3 meals a day several outside over camp fires in the middle of the Rocky Mountains!   One of the best experience of both my personal and career life.

After graduating from Johnson and Wales University with a Culinary Arts Degree in the early 90’s I have seen and experienced a lot and have trained with some amazing talent throughout the years. I have lived and worked in many large cities and small towns around the country, including Wolgang Puck Café at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Real Restaurant Corp from San Francisco’s Fog City Diner Concept in Las Vegas, San Fransisco and Chicago. I have been on the opening and closing teams for several concepts around the country!  One of my favorite positions was as Executive Chef for the South Gate Group north of Chicago in Lake Forest, Illinois.  I reached my goal of Executive Chef by the age of 30 and was running 3 concepts under one roof.  We had an American Café, French Bistro and Take and Go bakery with fresh breads, breakfast and lunch.  This was my favorite because no matter what crazy creative idea I would have it would fall under one of these concepts.   I resigned as Chef when I was 8 months pregnant and my cooks could no longer pass my belly!  The opportunity to become a full time mom was available to me and I happily accepted!!

After the birth of my daughter, Lucynda thirteen years ago, my title changed from Chef to Mom!  Being a home cook was a new experience for me… no prep cook, no cleaning crew… so it took me about a year to learn the tricks of this, very different trade!  Preparing 21 meals a week plus snacks for a family can be overwhelming even for the best cooks.   I never have been very good with too much time on my hands so when Lucynda was little and we lived in Minnesota I worked on developing KIM JAMS and would sell them at the Local Farmers Markets.   I first created these jams while working with Fog city Diner in Chicago.  I have never been a traditionalist so you will never see a one fruit jam with KIM JAMS.  They are always combinations such the original Raspberry Peach or Strawberry Grape, Lucy’s favorite!

When Lucynda was two and a half we moved to Cypress, Texas lucynorthwest of Houston.  Once settled into our new environment I joined a local MOMS Club.  In talking to fellow moms, I found that many struggled with preparing healthy meals every day. People are often hesitant to try new dishes and frequently find themselves trying to prepare something in 30 minutes before running off to meetings, soccer games or dance practice. That’s where the concept of Cookin’ with Kim began.   My business has taken many different turns since 2007 and now as a single mom it is what supports my daughter and I.  I am certainly blessed to awake every day loving my career, making mealtime easier for others while continuing my most favorite job as Lucynda’s Mom!

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What People Say

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  • Kim always makes me feel welcomed and always answers my questions. She definitely enjoys talking to her customers. 

    Crystal Sallee - Waller 

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  • We have LOVED the food we have bought from Cookin' With Kim!  It is so easy to pick-up after work. Saves so much time and the food is delicious!

    Jennifer Nicholson - Cypress, Tx

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  • Kim has been such a lifesaver by cooking for my busy crew! She provides meals that are better for my family, are cheaper than most fast food or restaurants, and gives me time with my kids instead of cooking and cleaning dishes! I love to support local folks and I hope you do too!   

    Amanda Pilkerton Antoine - Hockley, TX

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  • We love Cookin w/ Kim! The food is great! She has let us keep family dinners going even when our lives are crazy and there is no time to cook! 

    The Burleson Family - Cypress, Texas

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  • I honestly don't know what my family would do without Kim. We have her meals almost 4 times every week. They are always delicious, served hot and healthy. Thank you, Kim, for making mealtime easier in my family.

    Brenda Larson - Cypress, TX

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  • Cookin With Kim has been a wonderful thing for our family.  She provides wonderful, homemade meals when I don't have the time to. She has also taken all of the stress out of holiday dinners and helped with dishes that I have had to bring for different occasions. She does with excellence what I don't have time to do and quite frankly hate to do. My entire family is thankful for Kim.  🙂

    Kellie Eggleston - Cypress, TX

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  • Kim recently catered an anniversary party my sisters and I were throwing for my parents. We were having around 50 guests at my sister's house and wanted appetizers and finger foods that people could eat while mingling. Kim worked out the menu with me and the food was all great! She was exactly on time and quantities were perfect. The guests complimented everything and my parents were thrilled.

    Desirie - Cypress, TX

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  • I had my kitchen remodeled and was without one for over a month. Kim was an excellent choice for providing us meals. We didn't want to fill our souls with drive thru or restaurant meals! She was a life saver! I also call her when my husband travels so that we can have a hot meal waiting for us after our evenings of juggling activities! Best lasagna around, too!

    Jennifer F, - Cypress, TX

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  • Our family loved Kim's spaghetti and meatballs!  We have 3 hungry boys who are involved in sports during the week and at the end of a long day, it was so great picking up a delicious, well-priced, home cooked meal instead of fast food. On top of that, Kim made it so convenient, and she was really flexible and friendly! EXCELLENT food and service all the way!!

    Ella Edmiston, - Cypress, TX

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  • I love cooking with Kim! She has the best lasagna. It is a favorite of a friend that comes to visit from out of town. Getting her meals for times when my daughter spends time in the hospital has been so helpful!   Thanks, Kim!

    Danielle S. - Cypress, TX

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  • Our family has become hooked on Cookin' with Kim! We have loved every single one of her meals we've ordered. Everything is always fresh and hot!  She adds a little something to each dish to give it an extra burst of flavor...making it stand out among traditional dishes. My six-year-old is a super picky eater, but he RAVES about her meals! Both of my kiddos get excited when they find out we're getting dinner from Kim's!    

    Caitlin D. - Cypress, TX

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  • I have been so satisfied that I have purchased several Gift Cards to give as client gifts, a welcome to new neighbors, get well, happy baby and just take the night off! Cookin' with Kim is close and convenient.”   

    Catherine R. - Cypress, TX

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  • I have ordered several meal packages from Cookin With Kim and have been very pleased. The quality of the meal is outstanding, the quantity is more than ample to feed a family of 2 or 4! Every meal has flavor and I am a very picky eater. So trust me when I say, Cookin With Kim knows how to cook a healthy, savory well-balanced dinner!

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  • Breaded Pork Chop is a hug on a plate! This is my favorite Cookin with Kim meal. I rarely miss a Breaded Pork Chop day!!

    Rachel T. - Cypress

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  • Added two servings of this bread pudding to my dinner order on Monday, and boy, oh boy, was it delicious! Rich, flavorful, decadent…everything you’d expect from bread pudding. Four BIG thumbs up from the entire family! I’m ordering seconds tonight! Thanks Kim for making us balanced and delicious meals each week AND for spoiling us rotten with fabulous desserts like this banana walnut bread pudding!

    Dawn F. - Cypress

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