About

Hello and welcome to Tasty Eats At Home.  My name is Alta Mantsch, recipe writer, amateur food photographer, and self-proclaimed, self-taught, home-chef-in-training. I live north of Dallas, Texas, in a suburb that has one foot in suburban life and one foot in country life, with my wonderful husband John (the household taste-tester, guinea pig and occasional advisor), our two chihuahua mixes, and on a part-time basis, three amazing children. 

About Tasty Eats At Home:

Tasty Eats At Home was born in July 2008 out of a desire to share my recipes and learning experiences with food. Our household consists of two full-time employed adults that work out of the home. Like a great deal of families, we lead a busy, hectic lifestyle at times. This doesn’t mean that dinner has to be reduced to fast food, frozen dinners, or processed foods. With a little planning , organization and know-how, we can all eat more natural, unprocessed, healthy foods and whole ingredients. My goal is to share with you my experiences as I learn to cook from scratch, and perhaps we can all put a good, healthy dinner together even with lifestyle constraints, at least some of the time!

Most of the recipes are relatively easy to make, and call for ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store. The recipes vary wildly, from various international cuisines, some gluten-free (all are gluten-free since June 2009!) or vegetarian, and some are “good ol’ home cooking.” Many can be made in a weeknight, although I do have some that are more of a “Sunday afternoon” type of meal. A few are adapted or inspired by friends, family, websites, some of the blogs I regularly view, or magazine articles. If you have a recipe you’d like me to try and then post on this blog, by all means, send it my way! The more we share, the better we all eat, right?

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About Alta:

For as long as I can recall, I’ve had a fascination for food and cooking. I remember as a child, in the kitchen with my mother, asking to help, and tasting carrots, onions, or tomatoes as I chopped them for a salad, asking about the necessity of various ingredients in chocolate chip cookie dough, and learning the meaning of “stiff, but not dry” when referring to egg whites whipped for an angel food cake. And when my father made his appearance in the kitchen, I learned the powerful impact that spices had on rounding out, or dramatically changing, the flavor of a dish. I didn’t grow up with extravagant meals by any stretch, but as a child, I learned that with a little creativity, a delicious meal can be had, even on a budget. That philosophy stays with me in the kitchen even today.

As a young adult, at first my meals mostly consisted of ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, or simply Special K for dinner. But once I tired of all of that, I attempted various dishes, and started to cook recipes from books. There were times when I called good ol’ Mom up to ask her questions (“Mom, what exactly is in your meatloaf? What about that goulash stuff you used to make for us?”) I give credit to those family members who were subjected to the results of my attempts at first. Although they were mostly successful, there were definitely a few nights of “less-than-pleasurable” eating.  But it wasn’t until fairly recently that I decided to venture outside of my “comfort zone” in the kitchen, and attempt to learn and build on my knowledge, and document those successful recipes along the way.

I have grown to have a deep love of food and cooking. I love to experiment, and there isn’t much that I don’t like to try at least once. Food and cooking, to me, has a way of bringing friends and family together, and should be a enjoyable experience. I hope I can share that joy with you as well. Besides, life is too short to eat fast food (or ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, or Special K) all the time!

Update:

Since June 2009, Tasty Eats At Home has been gluten-free, and will continue to be gluten-free. You see, I made a decision to eliminate gluten from my diet in an effort to eliminate a lot of the symptoms I had been experiencing for years. (Read more about this here) Since I have eliminated gluten from my diet, most of these symptoms have disappeared entirely. And even now, so soon after this change, if I eat the smallest amount of gluten, those symptoms return in a flash. I’m elated to have found the “enemy”. In brief moments of weakness, I get a little sad when I consider that I cannot enjoy some of the baked goods that others can enjoy without remorse; but then I remember – I know my way around a kitchen. Although I am not a professional, I can figure out how to make a cake, bread, cookies, and other delicious treats gluten-free! So, a time of trial and error has begun. My goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.

If you’d like to contact me, feel free to email me at alta2924 at hotmail dot com. Look forward to hearing from you!

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26 responses to “About

  1. Hi Alta 🙂

    It feels like I’m reading about myself here, we have exactly the same sentiments about food and cooking and you have expressed it well here. I haven’t fiinished my About page yet (I’m so busy with posting and making friends and with the actual cooking, I have forgotten to continue it) how would you like it if I borrow yours and post it on my blog..just kidding 🙂 LOL

  2. Hi,
    Thank you so much for the nice comment you left on my split pea soup recipe post. It’s much appreciated. This soup really is very good. I’ve been making this for as long as I can remember and it’s always a hit amongst my friends and family. Again, thank you 🙂

  3. Kate

    Hi! I have to leave a comment about your hair 🙂 It is so cute and what I want to do with mine. I may print off your photo next time I get mine cut.

    Your food looks awesome too!

  4. It’s great to have another gluten-free, southern blogger! Thanks for sharing your recipes and positive attitude about gluten-free living.
    Betsy Metcalf
    http://www.glutenfreedomatlanta.com

  5. Hi! I’m new to your website, but just wanted to say that your photograph for Jap Chae caught my eye! I love photography and food, and just recently started my own food blog called Lettuce Dine. I’m also starting to find an interest in gluten free cooking, however I’m baffled how I would be able to enjoy breads, pastries, pastas, and so many other foods while giving up grains! That’s my own battle, just wanted to say nice job! I’ll be following some of your recipes to find inspiration! 🙂

  6. Hi, Alta!

    Next time I’m in Big D, we must meet! Thanks for the great comment today about breakfast foods over at hollyhickman.com. 😉 You are always so insightful.

    By the way, that is a fine and fetching photo of you. You exude happy. Me likey.

    Holly

  7. Nice to meet you Alta, we have almos the same name, he, he.
    Thanks for your comments. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Alba

  8. HI Alta!
    I came across your great blog and recipes on FoodBuzz today. I am a Registered Nutritionist and Nutritional Practitioner in Canada and would love to do a large layout post on my blog on gluten free recipes and info. All of your recipes sound lovely, and I would love to feature a couple in my layout….mentioning you, your blog, and linking back to you of course!
    If you are interested, please just fire me off an email at your convenience at holistic_nutrition@hotmail.com
    So many of my clients are battling celiac disease, I’d love to show them some unique and flavorful gluten free recipes like yours.
    Thanks a bunch,
    Amanda Bretthauer, RHN, RNCP
    http://www.dosesofnourishment.blogspot.com

  9. Hi! I found your blog from FoodBuzz and your haircut is what drew me in! 🙂 I have a similar cut but it’s very blonde. I’ve been wanting to go darker but my stylist doesn’t think it will look as good. Now I have proof that it can be short and dark and darling! 🙂

    Cute blog too!

  10. John

    Hi

    I am relatively new to this gluten free cooking for my partner and found your site. I would like to try some of your recipes but need to check the abbreviations you use:

    is
    t = teaspoon
    T = tablespoon
    c = cup
    other ??

  11. Just came across your site, and I love it! Really beautiful photos and recipes. I look forward to reading more from you.

  12. Alta, my husband and I treat children with autism. As you may know, many parents who have children with autism choose to put their children on gluten-free diets. I added a link to your site on our business site. So, I’m hoping that once I alert them to the links, you’ll start getting some hits from there. As always, I adore your posts!

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  14. I love your blog and photos! What camera do you use?

  15. Your adorable haircut is inspiring me to go short again! Love the site and the gluten-free recipes. – keep em’ coming! loads of food love from the North! miss megan ♥♥♥

  16. I love your blog…:)

  17. absolutely great blog ! I like stuff which you can actually make at home. Some “home cooking” blogs require ingredients you’ll never find in a normal grocery store 🙂

    With your permission I’ll add you to my blog roll.

  18. tastyeatsathome

    notimeforcooking – of course you can! Thank you.

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  20. Press

    Hi Alta,
    i I just wanted to thank you for the great book I won in your giveaway. I received it 2 weeks ago and have enjoyed several receipes from it. Thanks so much for your generosity.
    Press

  21. Press

    Hi Alta,
    I just wanted to thank you for the great book I won in your giveaway. I received it 2 weeks ago and have enjoyed several receipes from it. Thanks so much for your generosity.
    Press

  22. I can’t wait to check out some of your recieps! WE have very similar food philosophies, esp. about every one having the time to eat LESS processed foods and MORE homemade foods!

  23. Kim Beaulieu

    Hi Alta. I had a friend send me a link to your best brownies in the world recipe about a year ago. I have to admit I love them to bits. Been making them ever since. I am going to tweak it a bit for some extra chocolatey goodness. My question for you is would it be okay to post your original link in my blog for those interested in trying yours out? I’ll post my own version but would like to include you as my inspiration. I thought I would also include the link to Hepburn’s brownies as well. Let me know what you think.Thought the evolution of a recipe idea might be interesting.

    Also admire you for going gluten free. Been contemplating it myself. I have IBS and a sensitivity to gluten. Good to know you can still enjoy cooking without sacrificing taste.Kudos to you.

  24. Hi Alta, I just found your blog this morning through “adopt a blogger.” I’m pritty new to blogging, but I’m looking foward to trying some of your recipes. I was also suprized to learn that your from North Dallas since I live in Irving.

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