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Me and my niece, Bella - enjoying some batter.

The idea behind this site was born of desperation. Recently separated and paying all the household expenses for four people on my own for the first time, I really needed to stretch my food budget. Cooking with what was on hand and making every trip to the grocery store count I found that I could still create meals with a gourmet twist. I’ve always loved food and my tastes range from the simplest pleasure (Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries and ice cold milk) to the more exotic (seared fois gras and duck confit on a bed of wild greens or pork trotter in an herbed filo pocket topped with a poached duck egg). I fear no food (except tripe!) and I’m not afraid to experiment. I have no formal training just panache, a love of food and a good memory. I think one of the most difficult challenges I will face is trying to convey measurements that aren’t a dash of this or a handful of that.

A good friend of mine called the ability to read a recipe or menu description and understand exactly what the dish will taste like the Mind’s Mouth. I’d like to pass along the skills needed to develop your Mind’s Mouth. Knowing how certain flavors marry well together is not so hard if you pay attention to the cues around you. Everyone knows peanut butter and chocolate go together well but do they know that if you keep sundried tomatoes, garlic and kalamata olives on hand you will always be able to whip up a simple pasta dish? I often find myself picking apart the ingredients in a dish I really like to see if I can mimic it at home. Much in the way a wine snob can tell you all the nuances of a certain vintage I can pick out hints of this and that in the things I eat.

Why THE WHITE TRASH GOURMET? Is my lawn rife with old cars (blocks optional)? No. Do I do my shopping exclusively at thrift stores? Not exclusively. Do I have a double-wide? Only if we’re talking about my ass! Am I on the dole? Nah-uh. Do I have all my teeth? Why yes I do. Yet, my blood runs deep with an ancestry that includes a grandpa born in the hills of Arkansas on his momma’s kitchen table (so the story goes). I can survive outdoors, catch clean and cook a fish, and I specifically sought out a Waffle House when I traveled to Ohio. Oh, and I was raised a Baptist. I’m a little edgy, I curse like a sailor and on occasion I have a wee too much to drink. As a kid one of my favorite snacks was left over rice with sour cream and Lawry’s salt. I’m terribly messy.

My family acts as my guinea pigs along with my tolerant boyfriend (and sous chef). My daughter is easily my best critic because if she hates something she never misses a chance to tell you. 9-year-olds know their shit!

Besides recipes and cooking tips I will post occasional restaurant reviews if I find something especially tasty or horrid. And great bargains are a must! Good food stories will appear as well. Like how my grandma had me over every weekend for a month for baking lessons when I was about 8 or 9. I’m a professional writer in spirit only, so I hope you bear with me as I find my voice. Feel free to leave comments, as constructive criticism is the only way I’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.

Welcome and I hope you enjoy the ride. I know I will.

- Kim, TWTG

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  1. Extremly well written. I think its a great idea and should have a nice following. You say what most people are thinking. Good Girl!

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  2. You told me about your blog earlier tonight & I haven’t been able to stop reading since! you are amazingly talented

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  3. Hey, thanks for your email. I am feeling still super shy and just Idk, how I get. Oh I DO shop exclusively at thrift stores, that was one of my resolutions at NY. Being thrifty and green. It makes me happy :)

    I am really liking reading your blog. I am glad you have more confidence, and am so working on it. I know that titty magic is kind of magic too, I mean I do get lots of free stuff. That is a definite benefit, the free stuff ! :)

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  4. You are absolutely hilarious! I just signed on to follow you! I don’t want to miss a thing:)

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  5. I knew there was a reason you are easy to talk to, with your those Southern roots of yours. Being from the South myself, I definitely appreciate the Southern mentality. Very addictive reading so far and compelled to read more, thanks for the link.

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  6. Hi Kim,
    Love your weighting style.
    Best,
    Conor

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  7. Hi Kim,
    Nominated you for a couple of awards today. Check out my lates post. Keep up the good work.
    Best,
    Conor

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  8. You know what? You’re friggin awesome. Thanks for nominating me for all the awards – I’ve gotten overwhelmed as of late and am just now catching up with my emails and blogging. I will explain in my post as I express my gratitude to you and encourage everyone to check your blog out, thereby changing their lives forever. Sound good? Thanks again!!

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  9. I’m following you now, whitetrashgourmet. I need all the help I can get in the kitchen, plus you like to booze it up, which is awesome. =)

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  10. Finally someone who doesn’t take life so serious. I enjoy reading your blog. Great job. By the way I found you on Linkedin

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  14. I love me some white trash cooking! Not to mention, a woman with a potty mouth and a penchant for sippin’ past the point of sobriety! Glad I found you!

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  15. TWTG,
    Please send me some homemade food. It’s the price for being part of my blogroll:

    http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/blogroll/

    Le Clown

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  16. Kim, what a fun/good blog site. You posted on my “old enough to remember” site a few months ago and mentioned your family being in the camp Anza area in the early ’50’s. Someone asked if your family was related to a Claudia Woodard, who went to school with us. Does that name ring a bell?

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  17. Hi Kim! Thanks for your follow, which brought me to your excellent site, you have a great sense of humour :) I cant wait to work my way through your posts

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  20. Hello, I am passing my deepest appreciation to your blog with this Reader Appriciation Award. Please visit http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/reader-appriciation-award/ for the rules as follow

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  21. Saw you through Le Clown and then Brother Jon. And any friend of theirs is a friend of mine. Glad to meet you.

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  22. It was so fun rocking out with you at Matt & Kim last night!!!

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  23. Missing the White Trash Gourmet! Hope it can return soon in all its irreverent foodie gloriousness. (and you know a true foodie is defined as one who realizes that a Taco Supreme can be as transcendent as poached salmon.) best, Lisa

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