ABOUT

Cooking with Love is a blog about love. Because I believe love is always what's missing - from food, relationships, careers, communities and life. This blog is my attempt to share that love and put it first. You'll find I fail most of the time. You'll also find I never seem to tire of subject: Cookin' w/ Luv, Just Say Love, Love and Other Commitments, Love Story, Freed for Freedom, Prime Directive, Jesus Loves Me

I also write a lot about food. I see food as an opportunity to express love to friends, family, colleagues and readers. I always start from-scratch and I'm mainly focused on comfort foods. I do not cook or bake with transfats (partially-hydrogenated oils), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or products involving Bisphenol A (BPA). I also avoid artificial food dyes, chemical preservatives and preprepared or prepackaged shortcuts. Learn more

I want you to feel confident and empowered while cooking so I include step-by-step photo tutorials to walk you through ingredients and techniques. Because sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.


I also want to respect your time and money, so I stick to readily available ingredients and I thoroughly test all of my original recipes - if I'm not happy with the results, I assume no one else will be happy. Please note, I do not test food or recipes appearing in the Made with Love Mondays, Tuesday Tutors or Food Fetish Fridays series.


About the Name

The origins of the Javelin Warrior name are quite unremarkable. I'm Mark and my name means "Mighty Warrior" in Greek. There's also my other half, Frank, and his name means "Javelin" in German. Put the two names together and - Javelin Warrior (learn more). You don't have to call me Javelin Warrior. Only if you want to. You can also call me Mark or JW. My little sister sometimes calls me Marko - but you really didn't need to know that.

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About the Author

I'm one of 5 siblings and I'm not the oldest or the youngest. I grew up mostly in Pittsburgh, earned my dual Bachelors in Writing and Business from the University of Pittsburgh and landed my first 40-hours-per-week job in Cleveland. I currently live, write and cook from a comfy apartment in Indianapolis.

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I started cooking in grade school at my parents' insistence that all of us siblings learn to prepare family meals. I hated it. I quit cooking as soon as I started college and didn't pick up a pot or pan until I met my other half in 2004. As I started dabbling in the kitchen, I grew increasingly frustrated by mediocre results, over-reliance on preprepared shortcuts and my own lack of kitchen knowledge. In 2010, I started Cooking with Love to share what I learn as I learn it: cooking techniques, carefully tested recipes, kitchen tips and whatever else fits into food, recipes, relationships and love. It's all very eclectic.
In 2011, I quit my full-time job to focus entirely on food and writing. When I'm not testing recipes or blogging, you might find me swimming laps or pretending to write on my novel.


More on Javelin Warrior

My other half, Frank, who fearlessly eats and critiques everything I make and frequently requests more sugar and spice. He's also the designated dishwasher.

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Sadly, I can't trust him not to take candid photos with the camera.

Cleaning the Grill


I'm blessed to have an awesome apartment kitchen with lots of storage and room for spices.

Indianapolis Kitchen

Spice Rack


My only camera. It's also my phone, jukebox, theatre, GPS, alarm clock...

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Look closely at my recipes - you'll see my obsession with blue cornflowers.

Oatmeal in A-11/2-B

CorningWare Coffee Pot


Vintage Pyrex Cinderella Nesting Bowls are another passion.

Pyrex Colors


Last page count for my novel from two years ago. And I'm still pretending to be a novelist.

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I swim 1800 - 2200 meters 3x per week. Or when my shoulders, back and schedule all cooperate.

Addidas Swim Slides


Sometimes I still can't believe how blessed I am...

Family Collage

Mark + Frank Wedding Portrait
Photo Credit: Brian Hatton Photography


Contact

I love to hear from readers and I answer all emails, tweets and other messages personally. Sometimes the blog and life get swamped, so I apologize up front for any delays in my response. Thank you so much for taking the time to connect and share with me.

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22 comments:

  1. http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/198208

    Good Luck : ) I nominated your site today

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenn! I feel this award, much like the Liebster Award, is undeserved! But much appreciated...

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  2. Good morning..just a note to let you know I mentioned you and linked your site in my blog post today as a thank you for a recent award!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Tina... ::blushes::

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  3. Found your site through Tina's mention and thought I'd stop by to check it out ... I subscribed to your feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be :-)

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    1. Welcome CJ and it's great to meet you - I had never been to your blog before, so it's a pleasure to discover you =)

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  4. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. It's great to meet you as well, and your story is so heart-warming! :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by and it was a pleasure discovering your blog - I'm so glad you enjoyed my little intro ;)

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  5. Love your 'About me' section here. We also live our life centred on 'Love'

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    1. Thank you, Mona, I'm so happy you enjoyed. And I'm so glad you agree love should be at the center...

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  6. That's a really cool idea for a name!!

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    1. Thank you! I had fun with it and tried to be creative ;)

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  7. hello Javelin

    Great blog :)

    Just entered yout made with love Mondays but then realised it was about baking! Oops and could not figure out the badge code so placed an image and a link...

    :) P.
    petra08.wordpress.com

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    1. No problem and don't worry, you can always submit any from-scratch recipe to Made with Love Mondays no matter what the weekly theme is!

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  8. hey! thanks for fixing my link. this would be exactly why i should stay off the computer until i have consumed my first full cup of coffee. i think im following you but i attempted that fairly early this morning as well. haha. have a great day!

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  9. Hi, Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award… which you really deserve! Click this link to have a look at how to accept the award:
    http://petra08.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/best-moment-award/

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    1. Thanks so much, Petra! I really appreciate it and I'll be happy to pass it along...

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  10. I have stumbled on your blog through a friends blog and I am so glad I did. I am loving all your pictorial presentation of recipes and the events that you are hosting I am looking forward to participating.

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  11. Saw your baked beans recipe when looking for home-made options and was curious about you. How much fun to discover that you are from the Pittsburgh area (hubs and I graduated from a school in that general neck of the woods) and that you live in VB now (I lived there while in grad school at ODU)! I was sad to leave VB, since one of my favorite restaurants (Croc's, would be right up your alley if you haven't tried it already) is now hundreds of miles away from me!

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for the comment and I lived in Pittsburgh most of my growing up years. I was in Virginia Beach for about 2 years and now I live in Indianapolis. Which reminds me, I need to update this page! We never made it to Croc's and I wish we'd had the chance...

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  12. I just discovered your blog and I think your blog name and concept are awesome! You are right that the world needs more love and less bad chemicals in food.

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