update: As of this fall (2013), the windy kitchen has moved to the slightly less windy and slightly warmer Los Angeles, CA! It is nice to have a kitchen with more storage space, a real oven and a more spacious fridge! The blog will probably remain focused on easy & fresh weeknight-type meals with the occasional more involved dishes. You can read a bit more about the move here. As you may have noticed, I have started running about a year ago, so feet-permitting I plan to continue posting race recaps as well!

the short version: I’m Andreea, a 20-something graduate student in Chicago. Tired of the campus cafeteria food, I’ve been on a quest for healthy packable lunch recipes, as well as finding time to cook more homemade dinners. This blog will be primarily focused on food (recipes, restaurant reviews), but occasionally I will share other updates from my life as well. Thanks for reading!

the longer version: I’ve been baking since I was little and the holidays were always a lot of fun because I would get to pick the pastries I wanted and bake them with my mom. Over the years, I became more independent in the kitchen and almost took over all the holiday baking, while my mom got to focus more on the rest of the meal.

I didn’t start cooking until later in high school and college, more out of necessity. At the beginning, most of my cooking was based on meat casseroles that I could just throw in the oven while working on my never-ending college problem sets. As you can imagine, this got pretty boring after a while, so I started searching for recipes online and expanding my cooking skills and recipe collection.

I have been thinking about starting a blog for a while now, but I just didn’t make the time for it. I’ve noticed that more often than not, I pick my recipes from cooking blogs since they come with pictures. How many times while following a recipe, have you said “I wonder if this is how it is supposed to look like”. I know I’ve done it many times 😉 This blog will help me keep track of the recipes and the modifications I make and it will also make it easier to share recipes with my sister and friends. Pictures are a valuable asset, especially when it comes to explaining recipes 😉

Why the windy kitchen you may ask? Well, I am currently living on the 26th floor of a high-rise very close to the lake, and lets just say it gets pretty windy outside my windows. So windy in fact that one of my windows bends under the force of the wind!

What should you expect to find on my blog? Lately, I’ve been focusing on finding good recipes for packable lunches, cooking some of the American traditional dishes (I’ve been making a few different chilis and pancakes and next up are mac and cheese, chocolate pies and maybe cheesecakes), dishes from other cuisines, and when I have some extra time tackle some exciting desserts (macarons and souflees next) and some time-consuming Romanian classics. Baking still remains my passion, but unfortunately I cannot eat pastries for every meal, well, at least not with the limited amount of time I have for exercise 🙂

If you’re still reading…I hope this blog will inspire you to cook more and maybe answer some of your food-related questions as well.

Happy cooking!


34 Responses to About

  1. Simona Nedelcu says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to read and salivate at all the things you’ll show:)) Maybe I’ll learn something this way!

  2. ChicFitChef says:

    Have only looked at a few of your recipes but they all look great! And I think we might be kindred spirits on the feta point- I really could eat feta cheese everyday! 🙂 Kudos.

  3. Chicalogy says:

    Great blog girl! I love that I have found my smiley face twin and now I don’t have to feel bad about the mass amounts of smileys on my blog 😉 may I ask what u are in grad school for?

  4. Thank you! I love love smileys!!! I am getting my PhD in Chemistry.

  5. ChicFitChef says:

    I’m going to be in Chicago this weekend! Any restaurant/sightseeing recommendations? 🙂 -CFC

  6. I usually recommend the architectural boat tour (Wendella is the cheapest), a visit at the Signature lounge in Hancock and the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, Millenium park. For food, I’ve gotten requests for Greek (Pegasus in Greektown), Indian (Indian Garden downtown). For foodies: Girl and the Goat, the Publican, the Purple Pig, Tavernita, etc. For brunch: Orange, Yolk, the Gage, of if you have a car m.Henry in my neighborhood! I’ve heard Naha and Boka are very good. I’ve really liked Aria (Beverly from top chef is the chef there). In Lincoln Park: Morso, Barelhouse Flat, Chilam Balam (top chef contestant), Frog n snail (new, great reviews). For pubs I really like D4 and the Hopleaf. If you have something specific in mind let me know!

  7. I have enjoyed reading your blog and have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award as your recipes are always illuminating, informative and mouthwatering. Thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂 More information is available at http://remcooks.com/awardsacknowledgments/

  8. Candy says:

    I’ve really been enjoying your blog and would like to nominate you for the beautiful blogger award 🙂 See what it’s all about here: http://lovelybuns.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/beautiful-blogger-award/

  9. Teresa says:

    Just wanted to say a very belated thank you for checking out my blog and liking the blackforest dream dessert. This is such a delicious dessert. I’m sure you and your family or company will love this when you make it. Please let me know how it turns out. If you’re interested, I have a lot of recipes in my archives and over a thousand pins on Pinterest boards–lots to choose from!

  10. Sheila says:

    Hi Andreea, I don’t know if you’ve already received this but I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog award . If you choose to accept it, please check out the award and guidelines for passing it on here: http://springforever.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/thank-yous/

  11. vinicooksveg says:

    Hi Andreea! You are going great with your blog. I may learn a thing or two about baking from you. And even I never liked cafeteria food when I was in college! Ha ha ha

  12. Hi ! I love your blog and I have nominated you for The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
    it’s ok whether you choose to join in or not; just wanna thank you for the great blog that you put up. ^^ I’m totally enjoying it

  13. Bill Peeler says:

    Fellow Chicago food blogger here – your blog looks great! Love the layout —-

  14. Great to read posts from someone else for whom wind is notable part of life. Some of my windows flex too 🙂 look forward to reding more, Tracey

  15. Moment Matters says:

    Andreea, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

  16. What a great blog,
    nice recipes within photograph……

  17. Chef Randall says:

    Hey Andreea the wind blew me over to check out your blog. 🙂 Very nice one you have here. I have looked around and left comments on a few posts.

    I would like to invite you to my web site/blog at http://www.savorthefood.com and the blog is at http://www.savorthefood.com/blog. Leave your e-mail if you like to never miss out on future posts from Fun with Food (blog). We would appreciate your views and comments.

    The wind does carry things about, so I will be back to check out your future posts from The Windy Kitchen. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

    Chef Randall

  18. Shari says:

    Andrea, I enjoy your blog and I nominated you for a blog award. It is called the Liebster Award. I posted the info on my blog here http://bit.ly/1729uND

  19. chefman316 says:

    WOOHOO for us in Chicago!!!

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