Passion For Food & Paper!

Hello, thanks for checking out my store!

I’m Barb Kemp, a food educator with almost 20 years of experience, and an enthusiastic home cook. I get very excited talking and teaching about all things food, healthy eating and cooking. My hope is, you too will find the joy of real food and be inspired to join the tribe of life-long healthy and happy home cooks.

My love of food and cooking began in my twenties when I was advised to become vegetarian for health reasons.

The problem was I liked meat and potatoes and didn’t really know how to cook. I was young and ate whatever I wanted, including takeout foods filled with addictive sugar, salt, and fat.

Embracing the challenge, I learned to cook with veggies and whole grains and discovered a positive lifestyle change.

Later, when I became a mom, one of our children developed a dairy allergy and all meals had to be made from scratch. I struggled at first, but once again welcomed the change and learned to menu plan and cook dairy-free. It was a game changer.

Eventually, I switched careers and started teaching in kitchens in the community, writing a food blog, and a Recipes To The Rescue Newsletter.

Today, many home cooks lack food knowledge and confidence in the kitchen, as I once did.  Yet for many of us there’s a real desire to cook nourishing meals at home. That’s why I created meal planning online courses to help you create habits and develop skills that can easily become part of a healthy lifestyle.

I opened a notepad store in 2000 to sell weekly meal planning notepads to help you organize daily cooking.  And recently teamed up with my son Scott, to create beautiful veggie and fruit notepads for the busy home cook.  

 I hope you find joy in your kitchen and find these notepads as helpful as I do.

Be well and cook on!