Hi if you have made it to this page you have already asked the questions, What is All in Good Food?, What is it about?, and Who is Marisa Lyn. Well here is where I will hopefully answer all of your questions and more.

I had to stop and think about things myself and ask myself the very same questions and I guess it took me a while to figure out the answers. However as I am a real person I must assume that these answers will be ever changing as I am ever changing. When I began this journey into food blogging I had no idea what I was going to do, where I was going to go with it and if it would make a difference in my life and perhaps others.

Who is Marisa Lyn?

So let me begin at the beginning by introducing myself. My name is Marisa, I am 42 and I have one daughter 19 who is the light of my life. I have been on a journey with food that took me from the height of enjoyment to the depths of unhealthy fulfillment of need. I grew up eating foods made by my grandmothers who grew up in the south. The food they cooked was awesomely delicious but wasn’t the healthiest in the world but when I was a child I never worried about healthy only good. However, I need to clarify something before I go on. I am not in any way trying to say that all that my grandmothers cooked was unhealthy by no means. What I am trying to say is that by today’s standards all the frying and gravies and general way of cooking certain foods would be considered unhealthy. My cooking was also influenced by my parents who cooked all the time.

With that said I have to say I have a love for international dishes and like to explore the foods of different cultures. Where I live in southeast Michigan is a wealth of different cultures. I currently live just outside of Detroit but in my early years I called Detroit my home. A lot of people don’t realize that the Metro Detroit area is abundantly international. You can go from Mexican town to Polish town in a matter of minutes. You can eat Japanese, Korean, Indian and Middle Eastern all in one day if you wanted to. I think that is where my love for international dishes has come from. With that said I must say that at the moment I am very much hooked on dishes from Japan and Korea and anything Italian. However I at no time wish to limit myself to only one country or type of cooking.

Although I am currently trying to cook a lot of things from scratch I also use the semi-homemade method too. I try to use mixes and such from local companies as well as local produce and soon local meats. I learned once that eating things that are locally made or grown may be healthier for you because the plants and animals are exposed to the same air, water, weather conditions, etc. that you are. I don’t know how much of that is true but it makes since to me.

My other passion I must say is making bentos. A bento or obento is from the Japanese culture. It is a lunch or a meal that is traditionally homemade and placed in a box called a bento. Bentos are designed to be nutritionally balance and portion controlled. They also allow me to use my creative side as they are usually put together to be aesthetically pleasing. If you would like to learn more about bentos please refer to my bento page on this blog for a more in depth explanation. (page is currently under construction)

What is All in Good Food?

All in Good Food in short is my journey of the exploration of cooking, food, and ingredients.

What is All in Good Food all about?

I believe I have always had a love for food and cooking and this is my way of exploring recipes, seeing how they work and then seeing what I can do to make them different. Not better so to speak just more me, more to suit my tastes. Here at All in Good Food I enjoy exploring other food blogs and seeing what other food bloggers are cooking. I like collecting and trying new recipes, I think I get that from my mom, literally after she passed I found two large boxes of recipes that she had collected over the years not to mention all of her cook books. I think that is how I came up with the name All in Good Food because it doesn’t matter where it comes from cooking and eating good food is universal.

I hope you have gain an understanding of who I am and what my blog is all about. I hope you will return often and please add me to you blog roll because I believe that the exchange of ideas is always the way to spread understanding.

I would like to clarify something up front. I always end my food and bento posts with “Itadaki mas” which is Japanese and means “I humbly receive”. I believe that the food I receive is a gift and a blessing that is why I chose to use those words at the end of my recipe and bento posts. I know some who understand Japanese may ask why I don’t use “Gochisosama-deshita” which is said at the end of a meal and means “Thank you for a good meal” but as I see it when you explore my posts you haven’t had that meal or dish yet so in essence you are humbly receiving it from my hands to yours.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again and often.