About Us

Hi!  We're Kay & Tom Van Treese.  Here on our blog we'll offer challenging recipes using every-day ingredients, many fresh from our garden.  If you love to be in the kitchen, this is the blog for you.  Our step-by-step instructions will have you up and cooking in no time!  Warning!  NOT for the faint of heart.  This blog doesn’t encourage wimpy cooking (i.e.  no sauce out of a jar! . . . you will learn how to make your own tomato sauce from scratch).  Cooking isn’t about how fast you can whip something up.  It should be enjoyable -  a carefully planned holiday from the stresses of everyday life.  It may not always turn out exactly to be exactly what you expected, but it will always be good!  And it should always be fun.  If it’s not fun, get out of the kitchen!  We also specialize in healthy cooking, using fresh, home-grown ingredients whenever possible.  And being that we are both prone to (ahem) overeat from time to time, many of our recipes are low-fat and low-calorie, without giving up flavor!  We'll tell you the tricks of the trade for substituting healthier choices when cooking.  After all, we've all been on a diet at one time or another!
The Three Headed Chef
 Tom was dubbed the “Three Headed Chef” by our dear friend Lyda Toy.  She took this great blurred-motion photo of him in the kitchen at camp.  In the picture he appears to be looking in three directions at the same time (sometimes it’s helpful to be able to do that in the kitchen.)  Lyda called the photo “Fiddler, Farmer, Chef”, as these are the three things Tom loves to do the most in the world. When he's not digging potatoes or whipping up a sauce in the kitchen, Tom can be found fiddling with the Booger Holler String Band.  Kay also plays in the band, and is the Sous Chef and official note taker in the kitchen.

Tom & Kay, hanging out at camp.


  1. Hi there Kay & Tom,

    I'm Laurence and I'm from the new cooking website Gourmandize (http://www.gourmandize.com). We're looking to get in touch with the people behind our favorite blogs on the internet and feature them on our website through email interviews.

    We'd love to interview you for our site, would you be interested?

    Thanks for your time,


  2. Hello Key and Tom .. You have a wonderful blog... And a good collection of cast iron pans.. Happy to follow your blog..

    1. We love those cast iron pans . . . and we use them a lot! Thanks for the follow!

  3. Hey Kay and Tom we met y'all at Three Rivers St. park at our 3rd Annual Christmas campout and missed you guys at the 4th so I am inviting y'all back to our 5th Annual Christmas campout the weekend of Dec.12th 2014, spread the word we only have 7 sites left as of today with only just over 300 more days,Hope to see you there, Jim & Donna

    1. Hey, Jim & Donna! Thanks for the heads-up. I just booked site 17 again for this year's gathering. Sorry we missed it last year . . . we had a site booked but the rain kept us away. See you in December!



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