My name is Jessie-Sierra Ross; welcome to my cooking & home entertaining blog! I am a strong believer in from-scratch cooking, using quality ingredients, and step-by-step photographic directions. As a self-taught cook (and attentive hostess), I know that detailed text and images are a key to bringing out your best. I want to make you feel confident in the kitchen, no matter what level of cooking experience you have, by arming you with the right tools & techniques!
I’m a native Bostonian, turned Berkshire-area mum to three little boys. A former professional ballerina and ballet coach, my fast-paced urban life gave way to the farm-to-table landscape of Western Massachusetts.
I had always loved to cook, but it wasn’t until I found myself with lots of free time – and a hungry family – that it became a new passion.
I began this blog as an outlet. A stir-crazy mama hearing nothing but baby-talk all day created a pent-up urge to communicate with grown-ups. I’ve always loved to cook (and write… and teach…and talk!). After a particularly successful Thanksgiving dinner party, I decided that instead of emailing requested recipes to the guests, I’d post them on the internet. ‘Straight to the Hips, Baby’ was born around that dinner table, and we haven’t looked back since!
I have been lucky enough to share this adventure with my husband, who happens to be a talented photographer, capable cook, and excellent taste-tester. Between us, we have created a project to feed both of our creative appetites! From TV appearances to lectures, menu-planning to big-brand collaborations, this has been a rollercoaster of a ride!
Still, at the end of the day, it boils down to just one thing:
Creating approachable food for every home cook.