Hi! I’m Paula. I’m so glad you’re here!
I started How To Make Dinner because I think dinnertime is the best part of the day. I love making it, I love eating it, and I love the unwinding that comes with it. Also, it’s been my lifelong dream to have my own cooking show. Seriously, like since I was nine years old.
I want to help take the stress out of dinnertime. I’m giving you all my best tips and advice for making better dinners with less fuss.
Since finishing culinary school in 2005, I have cooked in luxury hotel kitchens, high-volume catering companies, tiny cafes, a tree planting camp, and a 92-foot sailboat running ecotourism trips from B.C. to Alaska. I’ve spent over a decade working in professional kitchens all over British Columbia as well as a very memorable couple of years at a farm shop in rural Scotland.
I have cooked in a lot of really quirky environments and fed a LOT of people over the years. I also studied holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Vancouver.
I don’t believe in ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods. I want it all.
I’m addicted to ketchup, I FREAKING LOVE frozen potato patties, and nothing makes me happier than a can of baked beans on toast. I’m not afraid of a little convenience food here and there, but at the core of it all, I am geared towards buying basic, high-quality ingredients and making things mostly from scratch. I eat what I want, not what I think I should eat. Luckily those two things usually overlap.
Although I don’t endorse rushing the dinner-making process because that makes it feel like a chore, I am 100% in support of simplicity. Through my past experiences, I have learned a ton of tricks, shortcuts, and stress-reducing strategies that can be game-changing for the way we cook at home.
Let’s make dinner!