Hey TKW Family! I’m Lori Monte, The Kitchen Whisperer. I’m that girl that loves pigs and bacon, loves spinning and the gym, listens to hard core metal though will crank up Sinatra any day and refers to her husband simply as Mr. Fantabulous. I’m painstakingly detailed (or anal as my friends would say) when I create a recipe (it’s the engineer in me) though when I type I write as if you’re sitting across from me and we’re just two old friends bs’ing the day away over good food. The fact that you’re reading this is an honor and something that I truly am grateful for. It means out of the 900 bajillion things on the internet, the 875 bajillion food blogs out there, you chose to read mine. You chose to be a part of the TKW Family.
I’m truly lucky as I have an amazing job that I love as an Engineer and the most fabulous husband ever (Mr. Fantabulous in my eyes) that encourages me to follow my dreams and passion for cooking and baking.
Growing up, we barely had much financially; big family on a small income. Times were hard but we made do. It was in those hard times that I learned the ins and outs of the kitchen. To not fear it but rather embrace it. There were no microwaves, instant this or just-add-water mixes. My mother, father and grandmother taught me how to bake, cook and to think about what I’m making. They taught me to respect the ingredients and about patience. They taught me that you shouldn’t always rely solely on taste but concentrate on the smells, the sounds and the sights. They taught me to cook visually and to use all of my senses.
As I grew up I started to look at recipes and cooking from an analytical approach; from an engineering standpoint. It just makes sense to me when I’m in there whipping up a cake or making bread. Just like doing a calculus problem, writing an application in C++ or building a network, me being in the kitchen just made sense. It fit.
Now the nitty gritty stuff:
♥ Why don’t you post a recipe of every thing you make?
Not every item I make/post either on here, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or any other venue will have an accompanying recipe. Those recipes are coveted (either family recipes OR part of the TKW Signatures Line). Those items are ones that I sell since I am a licensed business. The money earned then is put towards my opening up a bistro. Simply put… if I gave you every single recipe, then why would you patronize my place if you can make it yourself?
♥ Can you provide the nutritional information for each recipe?
I cannot do that as I’m not a dietician or nutritionist. I leave that to the professionals. There are a ton of free online sites you can plug in the ingredients and amounts to calculate this data.
♥ What’s with you and this pig obsession? I mean you eat bacon after all!
I ♥ pigs. Yes I eat bacon but in my mind bacon is only made out of the ugly pigs – let it go.
♥ What are your goals/dreams? What do you want to come of your website?
I WILL open up a bistro someday that offers small-session cooking classes with family-style meals. I WILL publish my own cookbook and have it in stores and online everywhere.
♥ A Chef and an Engineer? For real?
Yep, I’m a computer and software engineer as well as a chef. I’m a geek/nerd at heart and am easily content writing a software application, reading Calculus books for fun (yes on purpose) or having ‘geek speak’ at work. Coding and Calculus make me think and allow me to use the analytical side of my brain. Cooking/Baking is where I unwind and let the passionate, artistic side of me come out.
♥ Favorite food?
Seriously, pizza. It’s like the perfect food. It can be sweet, savory, breakfast, dinner, dessert or snack. Pizza never disappoints. And bacon… god I love crispy bacon!
♥ What are you like in person?
With me, what you see is what you get. How I talk on here, on social media is how I am in real life. Why pretend, you know? I WILL always be straightforward with you and say it like it is. I WILL always treat you as I like to be treated: respectful, honest and genuine. I don’t get into stupid humor but will belly laugh with the best of ’em. I’m affectionate but that doesn’t mean I want some random person coming up and touching me – stranger danger people LOL I do my very best to just be that person that you feel like you’ve known your whole life. Honestly guys, I’m just me. I’m just Lori.
♥ What’s with calling people TKW Family?
I HATE the terminology of calling you guys my fans or my followers. I find that disrespectful and belittling to you all. You are family. Period. I like to think of this as more than just another food blog or food site on social media. We talk about real life, share thoughts and what’s going on in our lives. When I write I share my life with you guys – from surgeries to fears, failures and successes and yes, even the embarrassing stuff.
♥ Is there anything you hate?
I hate, no, LOATHE anything that has to do with cherries or cherry flavoring. Clowns scare the living daylights out of me. I have a HORRIFIC fear of them, masks and porcelain dolls (their damn eyes follow you no matter where you are in the room!). I’m pretty much convinced that hell consists of nothing but clowns and cherries.
♥ So then what do you love?
Lots of stuff to be honest. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Kitchen Porn. I love gadgets, gizmos, spatulas, whisks, cutting boards, things that are practical and make my life easier in the kitchen! I love, love, LOVE meeting you guys in real life! And ya know, my husband 🙂
♥ Why Mr. Fantabulous? Does he have a real name?
Ha ha, yes he has a real name. It’s no secret really. I’ve called him that for decades, way before TKW ever came into existence. It started off as a joke because I was messing around with him and saying he had an ego (he doesn’t). One day early on in Facebook I was writing about him and referred to him as that and it just stuck. It’s funny as when I’ll meet one of you guys and he’s with me it’s never “Oh hey you’re Lori!” no, it’s “Hey so you’re Mr. Fantabulous!” like I’m chopped liver! He gets a kick out of just as the Fantabulous In Laws do as well. I love my husband more than anything. He is my splitapart. Mr. Fantabulous and the kitchen are where I find solace.
♥ And most importantly:
Because of you all I’m a better person than the person I was yesterday but less than the person I will be tomorrow.
I Love you guys! Welcome to the TKW Family!