About

Welcome to WhateverPieces.com, a blog about cooking food that tastes good and is (reasonably) good for you! I’m Steph, the cook and blogger behind the site.

This started out as a personal, journal-style blog but eventually evolved into a collection of recipes. Now, I’m taking it a step further.

11037364_10207330274596139_3190185764633445559_oSeveral years ago, my husband (then-fiancé) told me he wanted to start eating and living healthier. As the cook in the household, this meant I was going to start eating and living healthier too! This has meant everything from learning to log our meals (we love MyFitnessPal) and using a kitchen scale to buying fitness trackers and running 5Ks together. We’re certainly not perfect and we definitely fall off the bandwagon from time to time, but on the whole I think we have a pretty healthy and happy lifestyle.

As someone who loves food and cooking, I have sometimes been frustrated in this journey when trying to find meal ideas and recipes that fit into our calorie and nutrition goals. Over time, I’ve shifted from a reactive approach (cook whatever I want then log it later) to a proactive strategy (log recipes before cooking them). This works, but it’s even better when I find a cookbook or other recipe source that shares calorie or nutritional information up front, before I get into the kitchen.

I’ve tried to incorporate this proactive mindset as much as possible into WhateverPieces.com. I’m still working out the kinks, but eventually each recipe will include nutrition information right at the top. You’ll also find a Recipe Index page that lists my recipes by calorie count, with notation for other attributes like vegetarian meals and one-serving recipes. I hope you’ll find these features useful and the recipes delicious!

Have more questions? I may have answers:

Who are you?

I am not a chef, professional photographer or web designer. I am a writer. And I am a writer who happens to enjoy cooking, eating and taking pictures of food.*

My name is Stephanie and I currently reside in a suburb of Cincinnati. I started cooking for myself and my roommates towards the end of my college years, and that’s really what sparked my love of food.

I currently work as an editor for two of the leading trade magazines in the manufacturing industry. When I’m not working, you can find me out running, watching my way through Mad Men or in the kitchen!

What do you eat?

Though I’ve experimented with VB6 and vegetarianism, and my husband could probably be a full-time carnivore, we are omnivores. We eat anything and everything, mostly homemade and usually in moderation. We try to make choices that fall within our calorie goals most days, and hopefully also fit our macros. Though I prefer to start my day with a bowl of oats, I’ll never turn down pancakes. It just means I’m probably eating a salad for lunch!

Every recipe on the blog is something we have eaten and enjoyed as part of this lifestyle–yes, even the cupcakes wrapped in bacon. We just try to be conscious of the trade-off.

Where does the name of your blog come from?

The phrase “whatever pieces” comes from a quote in Virginia Woolf’s diary:

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

The way I see it, life consists of many parts–just like the ingredients in a recipe. Either they exist in conflict, constantly clashing with each other, or we learn to arrange them and live our lives in harmony, like a well-balanced dish.

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