Welcome to my food blog celebrating the creative home cook. My name is Shannon and I’m glad you’re here. Let’s make something together.

Cooking and baking have always been creative outlets for me, but even more so in recent years as a stay at home mom. I find rolling and frying meatballs for gravy, or kneading dough, or slicing apples for a pie very therapeutic.  And I get to share and eat the results!

When I cook or bake for family and friends there is no better compliment than a licked plate. My recipes are easy and versatile. I have been making many of them for years (because they are fan favorites!) but like to add to them or switch out ingredients to keep them new.  Fresh ingredients and some creativity are all you need to put together a plate that will make any gathering memorable.

Thank you to all the foodies in my life past and present! Thank you Pop-Pop Ruoff for baking zwetschgenkuchen (German plum cake), zwiebelkuchen (German onion cake) and for introducing me to calves liver wurst sandwiches and gardening at such a young age. Thank you Grandmom Kirkpatrick for cold-cuts and potato salad family lunches on Sundays. Thank you mom for the home baked cakes and pies not just on special occasions (ice cream rolls for birthdays, a current favorite of my kids!) but for just coming home from school on a random Tuesday. Thank you dad for your delicious Pennsylvania tomatoes and the Norristown Zep (yep, it’s a thing) and Western Breakfast Sandwiches (also a thing). Thank you Bobby for all of our shared food memories and for providing food humor during our many meals cooked together (fork you!) Thank you Mari for sharing so many cooking and eating experiences with me especially when my husband was deployed for a year in Afghanistan. You are my favorite pescatarian and without you I wouldn’t have a french onion soup recipe made without beef stock (you wont believe how good this is – I will share the recipe soon). Finally, thank you Cait for your curiosity and interest in cooking with your mom and to Liam and Bill for your willingness to eat the results of all that curiosity and interest.

I hope you enjoy the recipes I share!

Disclaimer: this site is a work in progress. Like my guacamole, it will be added to and changed from time to time.

All photos were taken by me (unless otherwise noted), my older recipes using my iphone 5s. I now have a new DLSR camera, a Nikon 3200 with standard lens. I love it! Very easy to use and I can get even more creative with the shots. The photo on this page was taken by my dear friend and fabulous photographer, Gwen. Find her at gwenisner.com.

Want to collaborate, work together, share a recipe or a food memory? Contact me, shannon@lickedtheplate.com.