Hi, I’m Rachel!

Ever since I was young, I’ve always liked to bake and I’ve loved to eat. My ten-year-old self believed I was an expert cookie-maker. After getting married in June 2015, I found myself spending more and more time in the kitchen during my free time, learning how to regularly cook meals for two. And I was doing this for fun! I discovered how much I enjoy making good food for friends and family to enjoy. Who doesn’t love to hear someone say, “You made this?!” Those first several months inspired me to try new recipes, explore unfamiliar ingredients, and to share what I learned.

Follow along to find from-scratch recipes, both sweet and savory, that you can make in your own kitchen.

Come take a seat at the table and let’s dig in together.

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The Name

Mesa Cooking Co. earned its name after several horrible weeks of brainstorming. I am not exaggerating; I agonized over the name of this blog. I would wake up in the middle of the night with possible names running through my head and spent way too much time with thesauruses – I can’t imagine how I am going to someday name a child!! Finally, when I was so frustrated I was ready to call it ‘Food Blog’, I thought about the word mesa.

Mesa, for me, is the perfect word for two main reasons. First, mesa means table in Spanish. I think sharing food around a table can be such a special and intimate experience. The word mesa represents those experiences. Enjoying a delicious meal with others cultivates friendship and community. I can see someone at church every Sunday for months, but once we share a meal, the friendship reaches an entirely new level. Making food for others and gathering around a table to feast is a wonderful act of love. I hope my blog can in some small way make those experiences more delicious and more frequent! Perhaps a recipe will inspire you to reach out to a new friend or host a dinner party with neighbors.

The word mesa is also a nod to one of the most dear times of my life. I spent eight months in a Spanish-speaking country, Costa Rica, right after graduating from high school. This time was a hugely formative food experience. The meals I enjoyed and a sweet cook I befriended influenced me in the most meaningful ways. I learned recipes with only instructions only given in Spanish and used ingredients I had never tried before. Those memories will last my lifetime and I’m happy to have that time represented by the name of this blog.