About us

Hello and welcome to Brotherkitchen

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If you are unfamiliar with our Blog, please allow me to take a moment to introduce you to the site. The first thing you should know is that Brotherkitchen is a blog or a personal website, created and maintained by me, Thomas, and my brother Kevin. This is a place where you’ll find us cooking up a storm: dishes inspired by favourite restaurants, takeout, or just whatever is in the fridge. The front page always has the newest, latest recipe on top.

Who we are?

Our babies/mascots, Leo and Rufus.

Our babies, Leo and Rufus.

I’m Thomas. I work as a magazine art director in the day time, play with our two dogs during the evenings, and make sure that this blog is updated during the nights. . I love cooking, but lately I have realized that I’m probably better at baking. I’m totally worthless when it comes to cooking a dinner with an empty fridge. Kevin, on the other hand, is famous for making a feast out of nothing. The recipes are all tested (often several times) by me, my family and my friends; our little brothers love being part of this family business too. Our “Board of Directors” meeting is at the dinner table. They get equal say in business ideas and decisions.

I'm very proud of this effort for my niece's 4th birthday earlier this year!

I’m very proud of this effort for my niece’s 4th birthday earlier this year!

How we got started

Several years ago I started writing down the recipes I had grown up with and posting them on my website. I’d just turned 40, and had spent most of my adult life working with little time to cook, let alone learn how to cook beyond what I had learned growing up.

We come from a big family —six kids—and thought what a terrific family project, to document our family recipes! Both our mother and father are excellent home cooks, mom by necessity to raise us all, and dad because he loves to eat well and enjoys the experimentation of trying out new recipes.

What you’ll see here is a lot of comfort foods stepped up a bit; things like bread and birthday cakes made entirely from scratch, and tutorials on everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart doughs that don’t shrink up on you to how to make our favorite side dish (zucchini and almonds) in less than five minutes.

Where we get the recipes

These days, most of the recipes we post we are made up – the outcome of total experimentation!

If you look through the archives though you’ll find many old family recipes, and recipes my family has over 30 years pulled from cookbooks, magazines, and newspaper clippings. If we’ve pulled a recipe from another source, we try to attribute that source where we can (sometimes it’s hard when you only have a clipping.)

We feel so fortunate to be able to share our little slice of life with you and hope you’ll enjoy exploring our blog.