In 2004 I underwent Gastric Bypass surgery, which helped me to lose 160 pounds. Through that process I began searching for new recipes to showcase great food with good flavor. It became all about quality to me.
2004 (with my wonderful Daddy)
2004 right before my surgery
Having only done "basic cooking" before my surgery, I was so happy to find recipes that tasted wonderful but didn't require a culinary degree to prepare them. Fresh herbs and veggies took over in a kitchen that had been more accustomed to seeing fast foods and Hamburger Helper.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had been in school full time, but ended up having to drop out due to surgeries and recovery time. I am now cancer free, but during my time at home my kids pushed me to start my own blog. When I first began cooking I looked to someone that was not intimidating to follow, that person was Rachael Ray. My kids began referring to my "tinkering" with recipes as "Rachael Raying" them.
When the movie Julie and Julia came out they immediately began hounding me to start a blog of my own. I brushed it off as silly and told them no one would be interested in reading what I had to say. But when I was home with Dr's orders to not lift, push, pull, etc. anything and found myself with so much time on m hands I gave their prodding some thought and decided I wanted to give it a try.
My first blog was called Bobbi Renee and Rachael Ray. But after a few weeks I was emailed by a few people telling me that copyright might be an issue so I created Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen. That was in May of 2011. Now I can't imagine what I would be doing other than this. Cooking has become a passion to me. I used to say I lived to eat, now I live to cook. If you are loved by me I am cooking for you!
I have so many blessings in my life in the form of my family. They are the true inspiration for everything I do. At any given time you can find any or all of them in my kitchen helping, tasting, or just hanging out. So let me introduce you to them.
My sweet "baby boy" Seth
My wonderfully wacky and beautiful daughter Jessi
my awesome sous chef and boyfriend Kevin
Of course there are a few more you need to meet. They are my four footed babies.
Barney the "Uberdoggy"
My little princess Angel
Now you have met my inspiration for everything I do. So, with that said.....come on in, sit down, and grab a cup of coffee. Welcome to my Kozy Kitchen.
I give thanks to my wonderful Father for loving me and supporting this blog and EVERYTHING I do!!
Feb 1937 - Nov 2011
To send photos of your completed recipes or for any suggestions you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org