About Feeding Our Faces

Hello and welcome! I am so glad you are here. My name is Lauren LeBlanc, and I am the brains and brawn behind Feeding Our Faces. A lifetime appreciation of all things cooking and food has led me to creating this blog. I grew up and lived most of my life in southern Louisiana. Now I live in Saint Petersburg, FL with my old lady Airedale terrier, Chloe. When I'm not cooking and working on recipes, you can find me out in the garden, or enjoying a cocktail on the patio.

Feeding Our Faces is centered around quality, passion, comfort, learning and joy. I believe in high quality foods, whether buying the best product that's out there, or creating (or growing) your own. I believe in doing everything with passion and enthusiasm, especially cooking. I believe in creating comforting dishes that speak to both your soul and your tastebuds. I believe we should never stop learning, and I love to help others to learn. And lastly I believe in joy, because what's the point of all of this if we can't have fun while doing it?

What you will find here

You will find recipes for real, good, food. Food that starts with the highest quality ingredients, because I believe you can’t have the best final product without starting with the best ingredients. I use whole ingredients, organic whenever possible. My recipes focus on ingredients from the outer ring of the grocery store: produce, meat, and dairy. I try to avoid processed foods when possible. 

You will find recipes that focus on flavor above all else, and the best way to coax those flavors out of your food.

You might find some recipes that may sound intimidating, but will turn out to be anything but. I’ll be breaking them down step by step until you’re a kitchen pro. I want to demystify cooking for you. Pretty soon you’ll be saying “sous vide? No problem. Confit? Piece of cake!” I want you to leave here with the knowledge and the confidence to tackle any fancy sounding recipe you may encounter. 

You will find Quick Tips sections in most of my recipes for the seasoned chef who is just looking for the basics of a recipe. But for those of you who are looking to expand your expertise, I've got you covered as well.

Most importantly you will find tips to help you cultivate your intuitive cooking skills. I want to not only provide you with delicious recipes, but to teach you how to create mouthwatering dishes without a recipe at all. I'm almost as passionate about teaching as I am about cooking, so I'll be helping you along the way to learn to use your five senses to become a better cook.

Intuitive cooking is smelling when a pie is ready to be taken out of the oven, seeing when a roux is the exact shade of chocolate brown, hearing the change of the crackle when chicken is finished frying, tasting when your sauce has just the right amount of salt, and feeling when your steak is perfectly medium rare. No recipe can tell you exactly when and how to do these things.

These skills are all necessary in becoming a better cook and I want to help you get there. Since I'm a New Orleans girl, born and raised, you'll also find a little bit of laissez les bon temps rouler here. That's Cajun French for "let the good times roll". We're going to make some damn good food, and we're going to have fun doing it.

What you won't find here

You will not find shortcuts that cut short on flavor. I like doing things the best way, even if that means it takes a little longer.

You won't find a bunch of fluff here. I know it's a running joke that food bloggers will take 9 paragraphs talking about their trip to Italy to pick olives, and their great Aunt Betsy's love for fresh tomatoes, before they get into their puttanesca recipe. Here, I want to give you helpful, informative, and in-depth instructions on techniques and ingredients. But if you want to skip that too, you can find a "jump to recipe" button located at the top of all my posts.

You won't find recipes that include a lot of boxed and canned processed foods.

You will most likely not find a bunch of slow cooker or Instant Pot recipes here. There are a ton of those recipes out there, and if you just want the quickest and easiest way to cook something, you are probably in the wrong place.

So what's up with the onion?

When designing my logo, I knew I wanted something to embody the savory foods I most often cook, but also something organic to represent my love and appreciation for gardening. The onion is a perfect fit. My grandpa could always be found in the kitchen, chopping onions and vegetables for his locally famous Cajun cooking. The house always smelled of cooking onions. When I was younger I would be annoyed to leave his house smelling like that. Cooking onions has a way of permeating into your clothes, after all. Now I wear that smell as a badge of honor, and an homage to him and the love of cooking he instilled in me. The onion represents everything I love about cooking. I hope my passion for creating beautifully delicious food can be passed on to you through my tutorials and recipes, so you can in turn share with your loved ones. I truly believe the best food is prepared with love for the ones you’re making it for. 

Where to find me?

Don’t be afraid to leave a comment or shoot me an email. (or DM me on Instagram, where I’m usually hanging out). I want this to be a place of learning, and I am here to answer any questions you may have!

Now let's get get cooking!