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Holding a delicious Pear and Taleggio sandwich :)

Hi! I’m Paula!

I’m all about cooking, eating and sharing delicious food.

I started How To Make Dinner because I get SO much joy and fulfillment from cooking, and I’m pretty sure I can help you to love it more too. I also started it because it’s been my lifelong dream to have my own cooking show. Seriously. Like since I was 9 years old.

I want to teach you the basics so you can learn how to make dinner with ease and enjoyment, and develop confidence and freedom in the kitchen.

A bit of backstory:

I am not a food snob. 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 don’t make any claims to be the world’s best chef. But I have cooked in a lot of really weird environments, and fed a LOT of people over the years. Since finishing culinary school in 2005, I have cooked in luxury hotel kitchens, to high-volume catering companies, to tiny cafes, a tree planting camp, and on a 92 foot sailboat going back and forth from B.C. to Alaska. I’ve spent over a decade working in kitchens all over British Columbia as well as a very memorable couple of years at a farm shop in rural Scotland.

Although I don’t endorse rushing the dinner making process, I am 100% in support of simplicity, and making food without much fuss. Through my past experiences, I have learned a TON of tricks, shortcuts, and stress-reducing strategies that can be total game changers to the way you cook at home. When it comes to making dinner, there is almost always an easier way, and I want to show it to you.

I hope you’ll join me! Your comments, questions, feedback and requests are always welcome.


“Thinking about lunch while I’m still eating breakfast” - Me