About Shirley Pats

I’m Shirley Pats, and I’m the founder, owner, and author of Home Kitchen Talk, your go-to resource for home cooking tips and tricks and the best in kitchen tools for the home cook.

In my family, cooking and eating meals together is how we show our love. My experience in the kitchen started when I was pretty young, probably around the age of 8. Though it first felt more like a chore for me, helping my mom and grandma chop onions, peel potatoes, grate cheese, boil pasta, wash fresh herbs (you get the idea), there’s no doubt that cooking has grown into a passion for me.

While many people might view cooking as work, for me, making dinner with a glass of wine at the end of a long work day is my favorite way to unwind. It’s a truly mindful activity for me and gets me out of any stressful headspace.

My favorite cuisines are Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and Italian, and I have a special place in my heart for almost any kind of soup. Soup always makes everything better!

As an avid home cook, I’m always up for the challenge of dabbling in new cuisines and experimenting with new cooking methods and kitchen tools. My favorite kitchen device right now is my sous vide cooker, or as the seasoned users call it, sous vide immersion circulator. These things are just fantastic!

Hopefully, in my blog, you’ll see just how big my curiosity and love for cooking is. My goal is to share what I’ve learned from years experimenting in my kitchen, and I hope that it inspires you to get adventurous in yours. Let me help you conquer your kitchen!