Hi, I’m Valerie Brunmeier, the author, recipe developer, cook, and photographer behind fromvalerieskitchen.com. I am also wife to my amazingly supportive husband, Paul, and mother to four grown men. I’m from Northern California, born and bred, but now reside in the beautiful state of Oregon.
I started this blog in August of 2011 to document the recipes my boys had grown to love so when they flew the coop, they’d have this resource available to them. Nine years later, my audience has grown to a level I could have never anticipated and this sweet place where I share recipes and family stories has taken over my life! In a good way, of course.
My focus here is simple, seasonal home cooking, just as it is in my own kitchen. It’s my goal to ensure that my recipes will work for you the same way they work for me. I want you to be successful in the kitchen! Please visit my Recipe Box for my complete and ever-growing collection of beloved recipes.
My cookbook, The Foolproof Family Slow Cooker and Other One-Pot Solutions, published in September of 2019. It reflects my practical but wholesome approach to home cooking.
Visit my Press Page for a full list of where I’ve been featured.
I am the youngest in a family of six, with four sisters and one brother. My mom taught us all to cook and she is still my biggest inspiration today, both in the kitchen and out. Her influence is why I get excited about things like Tupperware, any type of organizational product, freezer meals (thrilling!), baking from scratch, and great big family parties. And, most importantly, she taught me to be practical.
The folks I cook for:
Connor (standing in back) and seated from left to right – Adam, Ryan, and Jake.
Boy #1 – Ryan. Everything you could hope for all wrapped up in a 6’3″ package. Smart, just a little bit good lookin’, and a Civil Engineer by trade. We could have stopped here but …
Boy #2 – Jake. Jake is our artist and I can say with all certainty that he did not get this talent from his mother. Dad gets credit for that one. He graduated from college with a degree in Animation/Illustration and he is the talent behind the videos you see here on Valerie’s Kitchen and on social media. A few years later …
Boy #3 – Connor. Spark plug, generous friend, master of all things plumbing and electrical, and the boy can cook. I will take credit for this, thank you very much! Seem’s like plenty, but lo and behold, two years pass and …
Boy #4 – Adam. A little bit of all of the above with red hair and a ridiculous sense of humor to boot. A recent U.C. Santa Barbara grad just beginning to find his way in the world.
We’re blessed beyond words and so grateful for these boys.
And, my husband, Paul. Without him, none of this would be possible. We met when I was just 16 and he still takes my breath away.
The secret to a long, happy marriage? Pasta, pie and patience. And, he does dishes.
We’ve been proud Boston Terrier parents for well over a decade. Read more about all of our critters.
Feel free to reach out by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and follow along on social media. Thanks for visiting Valerie’s Kitchen!