Hello!! I’m Becca Gallick-Mitchell, aka InstaGrandma, and you’ve stumbled upon my food blog! I’m a home cook who loves to recreate family recipes as well as recipes from around the world. I am madly in love with my husband, Paul, and our two sensational dogs, Mel and Yogi. I started a food blog to showcase some of my absolute favorite recipes, some of which are cherished family heirlooms and some of which I’ve picked up and tweaked along the way.
My goal with this blog is to demystify seemingly difficult recipes and demonstrate that cooking isn’t rocket science. On the contrary, it is approachable and fun if you can muster enough confidence to get going and use the right techniques to produce delicious meals. I’m a true believer in the notion that the best food tastes as good as it does because the person who was preparing it put their love and passion for cooking into the meal.
My recipes have an emphasis on Jewish cooking styles and ingredients, but there are recipes to suit just about anybody in my repertoire. Through my travels around the world as well as my long-time proximity to New York City, where I’ve been able to explore a myriad of cuisines, I have cultivated an eclectic palate and the recipes I have created reflect that.
I feel strongly that with the privilege of cooking a delicious meal, there comes a responsibility to respect the value of the ingredients at one’s disposal. To do this, I try to use every bit of the foods that I cook. I love nothing more than a stock made entirely from kitchen scraps and a leftover carcass. In addition to using all of what I am able to cook with, I prefer to use fresh, seasonal ingredients when at all possible. This maximizes the flavor and nutrients available in your food, but it also ensures that your food is fresh and free of preservatives.
If you’ve read this far, I thank you, and invite you to explore some of the recipes that I’ve lovingly compiled for this website. I hope that some of them can become the building blocks of cherished memories in your own homes, as they have in mine.