About Me


Rachel Cooks features a wide variety of recipes with one common thread: easy preparations. On my website, I create accessible and delicious food that will please the whole family.  Rachel Cooks has been featured on sites including The Huffington Post, Parents.com, Saveur and The Cooking Channel.

Want to know more about me? Here are some random facts in no particular order:

1. I love chopping celery. The sound it makes….I just like it.

2. I could eat popcorn every day. You might think this is an exaggeration, but it isn’t.

3. I like my popcorn air-popped, with butter and salt. Lots of it. This caramel corn isn’t bad either, though.

4. My mother-in-law finds washing dishes therapeutic. A pile of dishes makes me feel like I need therapy.

5. I’m tall. 5’10″. But I still wear heels.

6. I drink too much coffee. And I’ll take it black, please.

7. I’ve only broken two bones in my life, my pinky (ran into a wall) and my toe (fell down after standing up while my legs were asleep).

8. I’m married to a very handsome USMC veteran I’m madly in love with him.

9. My husband and I are blessed with the most beautiful, amazing daughter (“E”) and the most handsome, sweet son (“N”).


10. E is the smartest girl in the whole world. I’m sure you think your kid is….but you’re wrong. And N is the cutest boy.

11. I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Right now, I’m 95% stay-at-home mom, but I still manage to work some weekends here and there.

12. I’m a Christian and I’m not afraid to say it. I also won’t bombard you with it. Email me if you want to chat!

13. I’m not the most graceful person in the world (see #7).

14. I love the comments that you all leave on my blog. It really is one of the main reasons I do this. I love hearing from you!

15. I have my concealed pistol license (CPL). Didn’t see that one coming, did ya?

16. I love cookbooks, and I have a ton of them, but I don’t spend enough time looking at them.

17. My favorite spices are cumin and cinnamon.

18. My favorite herb is basil.

19. My husband proposed to me in London.

20. And we honeymooned in Jamaica. Not too shabby, right?

21. I used to hate cilantro, but now I love it. It still isn’t my number #1 though (see #17).

22. I have a love-hate relationship with working out.

23. I can’t hold a grudge. Okay, that’s not true, but you’d have to really, really hurt me for that to happen.

24. I like all kinds of music but country is my favorite.

25. My nephew was born almost exactly 24 hours before my daughter. Neither my sister nor I knew the other one was trying to get pregnant.

26. My favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch but I never buy it.

27. I didn’t start liking beer until I was in grad school but now it is (usually) my preferred alcoholic beverage.

28. I had a horrible pregnancy. Well, I threw up every day (too much info for a food blog?). I realize it could have been much worse. *shudder*

29. I like putting alcohol in recipes…but I really don’t drink much.

31. I founded Taste of Michigan.


What would you like to know about me?

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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 colleen bolek May 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

cute pics! You didn’t mention who the girl on the left is though! :)


2 Geni June 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Thanks for sharing a little about you. One of the best and most fun things I did to lose weight was join a Biggest Losers challenge amongst my friends who also wanted to lose weight. We actually had weigh in day each week and put $ in a winner’s pot every week too. Winner was determined by % of weight loss rather than pounds so it was fair to all; those who needed to lose more or less. It was fun and the competitive edge made me stay focused because I knew my weight was being shared with the group. Aaaaggghhh!


3 Rachel June 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’m actually doing something similar with one of my friends. We’re not sharing weight in pounds, but are going to share our percentage lost at the end of two months. I’m not doing well so far! I’m still nursing my little one though, so I don’t want to go nuts with counting calories and what not because I don’t want my milk supply to diminish. Once I’m done with that though, I hope to kick things into high gear (before I get preggers again, ha!). The competetion definitely helps me though, I am crazy competitive.


4 TheCookieBoss July 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Awesome blog! I love finding blogs with other people who like to bake/cook.

An cool!!! You went to Jamaica! Going there is definitely on my Bucket List!


5 Rachel July 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Thanks! Jamaica was so fun–you have to go!


6 Shannon [Tropical Eats] September 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

just stumbled upon your blog!

cutest blog name ever. :)


7 Rachel September 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thanks Shannon!


8 Kristy September 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Cute pics!! You have a beautiful family!


9 Julie @ Table for Two November 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hi :) stumbled across your blog through twitter (thanks for the follow back). Cute blog and I love your food pictures :) beautiful family!


10 Rachel November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Thank you so much!


11 Em (Wine and Butter) November 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

What an adorable blog! Ive been thumbing through your recipes and many of them look DELICIOUS – so all good feedback so far :) xx


12 Rachel November 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Thank you! I just spent awhile browsing your blog as well, it is gorgeous!


13 raquel November 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

Hi Rachel,

I am new to your blog and it seems all recipe are great and easy to follow, I will be one of your fan now…and also I like you, you look like Erika Durance of smallville =)


14 Rachel November 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

What a compliment! Thanks :)


15 Christine December 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Greetings from Malaysia!

You have a lovely blog and indeed a lovely story too! Kelly from Eat-Yourself-Skinny was right, you are a gorgeous woman!


16 Rachel December 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Wow, thank you SO much!


17 Vijitha January 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

Glad to have found your blog. Even I am on a weightloss regime. I gained 40 pounds to my pregnancy. I follow South beach diet and Tony horton workout. I lost lose to 20 pounds. I still have a long way to go. My little one is 13 months now. He was born before the Thanksgiving weekend. I love your blog and like you, even I love quinoa.


18 Rachel January 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thanks! Good luck with the weight loss!


19 Donna Gurk March 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

Washing more dishes than usual! It’s much cheaper than a shrink. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is in our cereal cupboard waiting for you!


20 Rachel March 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Oh you are going to be BAD for my “diet,” Donna! PS: I’ll help make lots of dishes dirty for you. It’s the least I can do. :)


21 Tracey Evans June 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

Hey Rachel!
I just have to saw I love your blog! I love the “Day in the Life” section! So fun to read about the other bloggers. I found you originally through reading Bevcooks blogs and then saw you started following me on Pinterest (I followed you back!) :) I want to start my own blog soon. Currently reading the new “Food Blogging for Dummies” to help me get started. Keep up the great work! :)


22 Rachel June 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thank you Tracey, what a sweet comment! :) Good luck with the new blog! Come back and tell me your URL when you get it up and running. Feel free to email if you have any questions :)


23 Tracey Evans June 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

You’re welcome and thanks! Will let you know when I start blogging! :)


24 gary g July 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks for the morning glory pancake recipe. I stumbled across the recipe and look forward to trying it for an upcoming visit of my youngest daughter , son in-law and grandchildren. My bet is that it will be a big hit. Loved the logo and name,simple elegant and recognizable.Smart. Thanks again.


25 Rachel July 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words! Hope you like the pancakes.


26 Caitlin July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I’ve broken the same two bones as you! Glad I ran into your blog today and I look forward to following it!


27 Rachel July 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

How crazy! Thanks for the comment!


28 Rachel (teacher-chef) July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Love your site – and love the story of how you got to be “Rachel Cooks”. I am a Rachel (Rachel Ring – although I’ll be losing that name in about a year with the whole marriage thing). I get “Rachael Ray” a lot too… initials of RR, loving to cook, etc).



29 Rachel July 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you so much! Congrats on the engagement!


30 Pamela Stevens September 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Hi Rachel,
I am glad I found your blog. My husband is a retired Marine. He served honorably for 23 years and 9 months.
I would have named my 33 yr. old son Rachel had he been a girl. His name is Ryan and he is the daddy to my one and only, precious just turned 4 yr. old grandson, Lucas.
I look forward to enjoying your blog.
God’s blessing to you and your family.


31 Rachel September 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Thank you for the sweet comment, Pamela! Tell your husband thank you for his service!


32 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health October 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

I enjoy reading your blogs so much and loved reading random facts about you! you are awesome


33 Rachel October 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Aww, thank you so much!


34 Krista November 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Found you on pinterest. Interested in your blog, I read you bio and I am surprised at how much you sound like me…. Foodie with lots of cookbooks with just a little wear, DPT, 95% stay at home mom, a little clumsy, and I have the cutest & smartest little girl -we can agree to disagree :)
Thank you for a great, interesting blog!


35 Rachel November 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

What a small world! Thanks for the sweet comment :)


36 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef November 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

so totally random… but i was THIIIIS close to buying your wedding dress. i ended up choosing a different one but i loved that dress (or one very similar to it). it’s beautiful!


37 Rachel November 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

That’s crazy! What a small world!


38 Yesenia December 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Just found your website via pinterest and just subscribed! I love your about me section and Jamaica is my future honey moon spot! I look forward to reading your blog :)


39 Rachel December 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thanks so much, Yesenia! Happy Holidays!


40 Candy @ CandyLikesToCook January 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

Just found your blog, thanks to Skinny Mommy Bree – loving it!



41 Rachel January 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Glad to have you here!


42 Lillian @ My Recipe Journey January 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

LOL…I love your list!


43 Rachel Gurk January 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm



44 Jane H February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

Where do you live in Michigan? We live in Howell….I have lived in Michigan since I was 3 and I’m very much older than 3 now….very, very much older. We love the west side of the state. We love to visit Grand Haven, but haven’t made it the past couple years because I’ve had some health issues and was in the hospital, but we are going to make it this year. When my kids were little we went one year and danced away in front of the singing fountain….they were mortified. Oh well! I’ve heard such good things about Taste of Michigan. Your little girl is beautiful and I’m sure so smart, but my grandson is the most beautiful and smart….maybe we could go by side of the state or something. Because my grandchildren in FL and Eaton Rapids are pretty outstanding as well. Love your recipes.


45 Rachel Gurk February 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Jane! We live near Detroit but I grew up in Grand Rapids. Love the west side of the state too. :) How did you hear about Taste of MI?


46 Shannon March 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Hi your website is inspiring =)
all the pics are so lovely!!! do you use canon DSLR?


47 Rachel Gurk March 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thank you so much for the kind words! I use a Canon T3i DSLR.


48 Jacklin Zeidan March 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Hi Rachel,

I voted and also enjoyed Rachelcooks.com!



49 Rachel Gurk March 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thanks so much!


50 Pamela April 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Just wanted to say that i found you through Oh My Veggies (which i really love :) ) I came for the Angel Hair in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce but i stayed because i saw the picture of you and your husband in front of Appleton Estates Jamaica, my favorite rum. Also got to support a fellow Michigander . Thanks for the beautiful food posts look forward to seeing a lot more.


51 Rachel Gurk April 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Ahh! This comment put a huge smile on my face, Pamela! Thanks for stopping by! We love Appleton–the tour was so much fun! Where in MI are you from?


52 laurasmess May 29, 2013 at 3:14 am

So, so lovely to read your introduction. This is my first visit to your blog (via Erin at The Law Student’s Wife) and all of your photographs, words and recipes are inspiring! I’m a Christian too. Definitely unashamed and grateful every day! :) I absolutely, positively adore the same spices that you do. Thanks for giving us a little insight into your life… I hope that you and your husband had a wonderful Memorial Day. I’m Australian, and our day is called ‘Anzac Day’ (as you probably already know) but I’m grateful for every occasion to commemorate and appreciate those who are much braver than I could ever be. Happy to be following you!


53 Rachel Gurk May 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thank you so much! So appreciate the comment. :)


54 Brian July 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

Rachel, for some reason I like to at least get to know something about the foodies I read about and share their recipes. In doing that I see if we have common interest. I found that if you have common interest in your life you will have common interest in the food you eat and share. I to am a Christian, in fact I’m a Messianic Jew, which means by blood line I’m a Jewish Christian. Faith is a great part of my life, and have studied everything from the foods Christ would have eaten to his everyday life in order to better walk with him. Popcorn is also something I could eat everyday, like you the more butter the better. I love Parmesan Cheese popcorn and I’m going to try your peanut butter popcorn in the next few days. I well continue reading you blog, thank you for sharing part of your likes.


55 David October 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I’m new to your site. I’m a single dad of 4 kids. 3 are grown and mostly on their own. I do cook dinner for the ones that are available once a week. Their loss if they miss out…HA! I love to cook and I am always looking for quick, easy, & cheap meals. I’m certainly no iron chef I just love to cook. Sometimes it’s better than others but I learn for the next time. I look forward to seeing your ideas.
Thank you
Dave in Sacramento
(You have a beautiful family too.)


56 Rachel Gurk October 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Thank you! Quick and easy meals are what I’m all about. :)


57 PJ March 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hi Rachel! Love your blog and your recipes. I’m new here, and just now answering your hello email. I’m a MI transplant to MO, still with MI roots. I’m a genealogist full time since I “retired” from legal assisting to have 4 babies. When I’m not doing my genie, I’m in the kitchen cooking or somewhere tangled in yarn, knitting. My email handle is a take on Dickens Christmas Carol -I am Mrs. Fezziwig: Round, loves food and family, and head over heels with my hubs of 20 years. He’s an extreme Christmas lights-to-music guy, so between my search for people who no longer walk the earth and his lights, we lovingly joke that it is always Halloween or Christmas around here! Anyway, loved your story about your broken bones-I just sprained my big toe/lost nail when a bag of frozen chili fell out of the freezer! Thank you for the blog. I look forward to it everyday! PJ


58 Jane H March 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I was just reading that you are a Michigan transplant….where did you live? We live in the Brighton/Howell area. I worked at the Library of Michigan until I had to retire on a disability. did you ever go there to do gene research….it has a really good collection. Fun getting to know people.


59 PJ March 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

Hi Jane!
I grew up in Dearborn Heights, born in Detroit. My dad lives in Orleans now. We traveled all over MI in the summers, camping, swimming, etc., but I never got to the Library of Michigan. I would’ve loved to visit there! Thanks for asking! Take care! PJ


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