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About Rachel Cooks

Rachel Cooks features a wide variety of recipes with one common thread: easy preparations. Life is complicated and cooking shouldn’t be. On Rachel Cooks, you’ll find real food, real talk, and real life. The food is accessible and delicious food with a focus on balanced, realistic eating.

What you won’t find here are any “weird” ingredients that you have to search 5 different grocery stores for.

What you will find? Recipes that everyone will love but won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen for hours on end.

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About Rachel Gurk

Hi! I’m Rachel and I’m not going to write this in third person because it feels weird. I grew up cooking with my mom and I’m so excited to be able to share my recipes here with millions of people. It’s truly an honor each time any one of you makes one of my recipes, and I love hearing from you! By schooling, I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy but that has now taken a backseat to family life and sharing recipes on Rachel Cooks.

I’m married to a high school principal who works way too hard and way too much but makes such a difference in the life of the high schoolers that I let his insane hours slide. We live in Michigan with our two precious kiddos, who I refer to here as E and N. E is 7-years-old and way too smart for her own good. N is 5-years-old and the funniest kid I’ve ever met. They both have severe food allergies; a topic and cause I’ve grown to be passionate about, for obvious reasons.

Between taking care of the kiddos and doing countless loads of laundry, I’ve somehow found the time to grow this site and share over 1,000 recipes since 2012. Nothing makes me happier than reading comments from readers like you saying your child ate broccoli for the first time because of my roasted broccoli recipe or that you’re sharing my taco pasta recipe with your coworkers.


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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. I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
  11. 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!
  12. I’m not the most graceful person in the world.
  13. 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!
  14. I love cookbooks, and I have a ton of them, but I don’t spend enough time looking at them.
  15. My favorite spices are cumin and cinnamon.
  16. My favorite herb is basil, but oddly enough parsley is coming to the top of the list too. I know it’s pegged as a boring garnish but I love the fresh flavor it adds to recipes!
  17. My husband proposed to me in London.
  18. And we honeymooned in Jamaica. Not too shabby, right?
  19. I used to hate cilantro, but now I love it.
  20. I have a love-hate relationship with working out.
  21. I can’t hold a grudge.
  22. I like all kinds of music but country is my favorite.
  23. 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.
  24. My favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch but I never buy it.
  25. I didn’t start liking beer until I was in grad school.
  26. I had horrible pregnancies. Well, I threw up every day (too much info for a food blog?). I realize it could have been much worse. *shudder*

What would you like to know about me?