About

Everything we learn through trial and error. Especially food.

Welcome to my messes and successes in the kitchen. I hope you stay a while!


I'm Kate. 

My husband, Jason, and I are thirty-somethings living in the Rochester, New York suburbs. We met at work, where we both have incredibly technical day jobs - his poison is software development, mine's environmental design & product stewardship.  I grew up in upstate New York, with homemade cookies in the cookie jar and homemade birthday cakes. Homemade coffee cakes for breakfast spread with thick, homemade jam. Huge slabs of ribs covered with barbecue sauce and grilled for hours. Homegrown potatoes, onions and tomatoes. Jason, resident taste tester and tech support, grew up in Oklahoma, where his love for all things mushrooms was nurtured.

Winn was born in June 2012 and his brother arrived right before Easter 2014. We've yet to find any food Winn really doesn't like and while crackers are one of his all time favorites, he loves mushrooms and garlic just as much as mom and dad. and fresh baked cookies, muffins, and scones, my own personal weaknesses.





Contact me at kitchentrialanderror [at] gmail [dot] com, like Kitchen Trial & Error on facebook, and follow me on pinterest.


The evolution of kitchen trial and error 
We bought our house in the spring of 2009, six months before we married. And quickly realized I may have more counterspace than our apartment, but we definitely have an Easy Bake oven.

Shortly after we were married - when all the wedding plans were finally done - I started cooking.  But I didn't just cook. I made pasta from scratch. and ice cream. I baked bread. fried doughnuts. made oreos from scratch. and my husband almost fell out of his chair at dinner when the answer to "what do you want to do tomorrow?" was "make butter."

I started posting pictures of the food I made to my facebook profile. The pictures weren't all that pretty, but soon friends and coworkers were asking for recipes and placing requests for birthdays and parties. At first I really didn't want to blog  - it seemed like too much work at a time when I just plain didn't have any [along with being newlyweds, Jason and I were both finishing master's degrees]. Jason pushed and I reasoned a blog would be an easier way to keep track of exactly what I make and my notes about it. I finally caved - on a whim - in January 2010, while he was out of town. It all started with a souped up point and shoot camera and a simple loaf of bread. and that was it.

...and the lack of capitalization - i know it drives some of you crazy - but i honestly couldn't care less.

Around the web 
Check out my galleries at Tastespotting, Foodgawker, and DessertStalking

For a visual gallery of all recipes, check out my kitchen trial and error board on pinterest.  

I am a featured contributor to Gojee, a unique website that recommends recipes hand picked by bloggers based on your recent grocery store purchases. It's a completely new way of answering "what's for dinner?"

I participate in the Secret Recipe Club. To my fellow SRCers: each recipe of mine that has been featured by another blogger has a statement at the bottom saying who featured it and when. I hope this helps you identify recipes that haven't yet been a SRC selection. 

Featured around the blogosphere [thank you!]
2015.05.19 Prevention: 10 Stuffed Avocado Recipes You're About to Start Craving [black bean stuffed avocados]
2015.05.04 Secret recipe club: Things I make (for dinner) [coconut lime scones, cinnamon scones, oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip scones]
2015.04.05 Secret recipe club: Adventures in all things food [creamy tomato pasta]
2015.03.02 Secret recipe club: Daily Dish Recipes [dr. pepper cake]
2015.02.01 Secret recipe club: My Hobbie Lobbie [banana bars]
2014.12.01 Secret recipe club: cookaholic wife [brown sugar espresso chocolate chip cookies]
2014.11.03 Secret recipe club: bcmom's kitchen [spaghetti stoup]
2014.09.01 Secret recipe club: cooking mimi [mashup of mushroom stuffed shells & beef stuffed shells]
2014.08.04 Secret recipe club: chit, chat, chomp [lemon buerre blanc]
2014.07.06 Secret recipe club: the pajama chef [coffee blondies]
2014.06.01 Secret recipe club: the weekend gourmet [peanut butter granola crispy bars]
2014.04.06 Secret recipe club: Edesia's notebook [meatball subs]
2014.03.10 Secret recipe club: Ilona's Kitchen [slow cooker honey mustard drum sticks]
2014.02.02 Secret recipe club: Cupcake Muffin [french silk chocolate pie]
2014.01.17 Featured Delicious Link on the kitchn [coconut lover's cake]
2013.12.08 Secret recipe club: the Saturday Evening Pot [creamy mints]
2013.11.04 Secret recipe club: Jenna's Cooking Journey [risotto stuffed portobello mushrooms]
2013.10.06 Secret recipe club: Baking & Boys [honey nut popcorn]
2013.09.24 Featured on Mother Nature Network: 10 recipes to use up leftover chicken [risotto with peas and chicken]
2013.09.09 Secret recipe club: Jessie Weaver [orange creamsicle scones]
2013.08.05 Secret recipe club: Claire K Creations [banana cupcakes with honey cinnamon buttercream]
2013.07.08 Secret recipe club: Opera Singer in the Kitchen [chewy white chocolate chip gingerbread cookies]
2013.06.03 Secret recipe club: Searching for Dessert [orange creamsicle scones]
2013.05.06 Secret recipe club: Cheap Ethnic Eatz [white chocolate peanut butter]
2013.04.08 Secret recipe club: Inquiring chef [mexican corn cakes with shredded pork]
2013.03.04 Secret recipe club: phemomenon [chewy lemon sugar cookies]
2013.02.28 Featured on the Huffington Post: Pound Cake Recipes: 15 New Twists on the Classic Dessert [brown sugar poundcakes with brown butter icing]
2013.02.13 Featured on FoodNetwork UK: 13 OMG Chocolate Cakes [andes mint chocolate cake]
2013.02.05 Featured on babble: So you Wanna be Skinny?! 20 Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Chicken Breasts [chicken with 33 cloves of garlic]
2013.02.04 Secret recipe club: Barbara Bakes [trifecta cookies]
2013.01.08 Featured on Solo: Desserts to Keep You Warm for Winter [baked's german chocolate cake]
2013.01.07 Secret recipe club: Cook Lisa Cook [creamy mints]
2012.12 Featured on Parents.com: Fun and Festive Holiday Cookie Ideas [holiday shortbread cookies]
2012.11.05 Secret recipe club: Food Babbles [vanilla buttermilk glazed pear cakes]
2012.10.17 Featured on Secret Recipe Club: Asian Pork Chops
2012.10.14 Secret Recipe Club featured Editor's Choice: Crumb Blog's iced pumpkin chocolate spice bundt cake
2012.10.08 Secret recipe club: crumb blog [iced pumpkin chocolate spice bundt cake]
2012.09.20 Featured on the Huffington Post: Barley Recipes: Eat your way to good health! [creamy barley with tomatoes, chicken, and spinach]
2012.09.19 Featured on Spry Living: Healthy in 30: Whole Grains [creamy barley with tomatoes, chicken, and spinach]
2012.09.03 Secret recipe club: a fit & spicy life [black bottom peanut butter pie]
2012.08.18 Featured on Secret Recipe Club: Gold Member
2012.08.06 Secret recipe club: sweet as sugar cookies [chocolate peanut butter layer cake]
2012.07.25 Featured on the kitchn: Entertaining Idea: An International Potluck for the Olympics [soft pretzels]
2012.07.09 Secret recipe club: Recipe Taster [chicken with 33 cloves of garlic]
2012.06.04 Secret recipe club: I was Born to Cook [quinoa pilaf]
2012.05.07 Secret recipe club: delishhh [chocolate chip shortbread]
2012.04.09 Secret recipe club: bluebonnets & brownies [banana bars]
2012.03.05 Secret recipe club: alli 'n sons [slow cooker chicken tacos]
2012.02.27 Featured on babble: the family kitchen: 7 perfect pickle recipes [refrigerator garlic dill pickles]
2012.02.06 Secret recipe club: Dancing Veggies [italian white beans]
2012.01.09 Secret recipe club on hiatus: Beantown Baker [hot chocolate cookies]
2011.12.05 Secret recipe club: the Swans [milk chocolate cookies]
2011.11.07 Secret recipe club: Culinary Adventures with Camilla [risotto stuffed portobello mushrooms, potato frittata, and crunchy croutons]
2011.10.27 Featured on the kitchn [slow cooker french onion soup with beef]
2011.10.17 Featured on babble: the family kitchen: 12 slow cooker recipes for fall [slow cooker french onion soup with beef]
2011.10.10 Secret recipe club: Cook book of trial and error [alton's cheese bread]
2011.09.12 Secret recipe club: the Slow Roasted Italian [mexican baked eggs]
2011.08.21 Featured on Wellsphere.com [black bean stuffed avocados]
2011.08.15 Secret recipe club: tea and scones [baked panko chicken tenders, mini bacon scallion corn muffins with cheddar cheese, strawberry sour cream ice cream, and linguine alfredo with pancetta & peas]
2011.07.22 Featured on Secret Recipe Club [minted pineapple lime agua fresca]
2011.07.18 Secret recipe club: Cook with Sara [mint chocolate chip ice cream]
2011.07.08 Sweet Tooth Favorite on Alli-n-Son [strawberry sorbet]
2011.06.13 Secret recipe club: Hoosier Homemade [baked chocolate cake donuts]
2011.06.10 Sweet Tooth Favorite on Alli-n-Son [blackberry swirl ice cream]
2011.05.16 Secret recipe club: Flamingo Musings [hot chocolate cookies]
2011.05.05 Featured on the kitchn: delicious links for 5/5/11 [baked's monkey bubble bread]
2011.04.09 Sweet Tooth Favorite on Alli-n-Son [the chewy]
2011.04.05 Featured Lovely Blog on Lovely Living
2011.03.14 Austin Wedding Blog [waffles of insane greatness]   
2011.02.16 Treehugger [risotto stuffed portobello mushrooms]
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