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About the Author

Written By: kittencal on March 20, 2009 191 Comments


Hello and welcome to Kittencal’s Kitchen!

I’m a 50 something wife, mother and recipe developer, I also have an extreme love for cats, not to mention food also…

My motto is if you can eat it, you can make it!…

Many of you know me as Kittencal from Food.com and Recipezazz.com.

Just in case you haven’t quite got enough of me yet, this is where you will find the best of the best such as my apple pie...flaky pie pastry lasagna and cheescake and many more of my self developed recipes, also my all-time favorite recipesĀ  many going back over 35 years.

ThisĀ  is not a fancy site filled with lots of ads and color and you will not find any fancy photos of me or a run-down of what I have done in the past week this is a cooking site with only recipes, my blog was developed because of hundreds of requests over the years and only features my favorite tried and true recipes.

My site is dedicated to recipes with ingredients that are easily found in your grocery store, no fancy ingredients, just basic everyday cooking recipes that are easy to follow even for the beginner cook!

KittencalsKitchen is a blog or personal website created and maintained by me, unlike most of the large sites that feature thousands of submitted recipes this is my own personal web site with only my recipes all tested and made by me first, I do not post any recipes here before I feel they are worthy to be posted.

Thank you to the hundreds of wonderful people who have taken the time to post their wonderful comments on the site not to mention the hundreds of emails I have received, I have read each and every post and truly appreciate your comments and compliments, you can be certain that I will continue with only the very best recipes for everyone to enjoy!

For those who are interested in receiving a copy of my cookbook that is currently still in development stage I have filed your names and will contact you when all if finalized….

*** Due the the sudden death of my husband my cookbook has been put on hold, so completion time will be delayed.

Thanks for stopping by…

Carol Amos/Editor and host


“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

191 Responses to “About the Author”

  1. Denise says:

    Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes that help enhance special times…food builds incredible memories & bridges. Thanks for the joy you share through cooking.

    I just read about your great loss and my heart goes out to you, especially during this time of year. :( May memories of your husband bring you comfort this holiday season.

  2. sherrie rosenzweig says:

    I just made the Southern Hash Brown casserole for Thanksgiving dinner. I would never make a new recipe for such an important dinner. I knew it would be great because you wrote it. I am so pleased with your recipes. I know this holiday is hard on you. I lost my Dad on Thanksgiving so I know how difficult holidays can be. Just know that we all are here for you. Thank you so much for all you do!

  3. Karin says:

    You are always my first “Go To” source whenever I need a recipe or inspiration in the kitchen. I have made many of your dishes, all of which consistently get rave reviews from friends and family. If this is the place to let you know that I am among your fans who cannot wait until the unveiling of your cookbook, then please add me to your list.

    I was saddened to hear the news of your husband’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family, especially as the holidays are now upon us.

    My best wishes to you in your new and ongoing projects. I hope that 2011 brings you joy, peace, happiness, health, and success in all your endeavors.

  4. Bergy says:

    Only a few months ago I thought that I didn’t like Eggplant – well not anymore! Layered Eggplant and Mushroom bake is so good I could make a meal out of just this recipe. The bake time is perfect. I sweated the slices by putting a triple layer of paper towel under the slices and a triple layer on top and then set my light oven stone on top. The moisture was well out in 1/2 hour. I followed the instuctions to a T . I was generous with the cayenne as we love “Hot” On a scale of 1-10 this is a 12

  5. Eileen says:

    My condolences to you, Kittencal, in this time of your terrible loss. Please know that you have thousands of people thinking of you. May you find great comfort in your baking and kitties. From, a follower of yours from Recipezaar.

  6. elisia wezel says:

    Everyone thinks I am a great cook, thanks to you…than godness I found you on recipezaar and can read! I go to your recipes all the time because I know they will taste fantastic. I would LOVE to go to a site where you have all the recipes from the old recipezaar posted, as well as new ones. I am completely UNHAPPY with the new food.com…loading takes forever, search isn’t as easy(ratings etc). I’ve bookmarked this site from now on. Thanks so much for making me look good!

  7. jen stewart says:

    Since I started using your recipes, I always get rave reviews from company, as well as my family. “Wow! This is good!” To which I reply, “Kittencal!” I have thanked you in the past but I can’t go another day without telling you again how you’ve affected my cooking. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Ashley says:

    It is COMPLETELY beyond me why Kittencal doesn’t have her own show… Paula’s got nothing on her, and certainly not Sandra or Rachel! This is REAL food, it’s delicious, and not a complicated mess to make. So sorry, food network, but I’ve got too many kids to make 3 different types of meat for one meal, or hunt down some obscure spice.
    Kittencal has passed the kiddie test… I know I can go to her page, pick out a recipe, and my entire family will eat it. I am fairly convinced this is in violation of the laws of nature. Every recipe? Every time? The odds are probably more likely that she’s somehow managed to hypnotize all of us. This should be impossible.
    4,000 recipes and every one wonderful and reasonable. Kittencal manages to do what all the foodie shows aspire to do… convince every one of us that we can lay out a 5 star meal.
    Thank you, kittencal, from saving us from Hamburger Helper and frozen pizza HELL.

  9. Valerie says:

    I was very happy to find your new site and wish you alot of luck with it. I have used many of your recipes on recipezaar with happy success. As I read your intro, I was sorry to find that you lost your husband. My sincere condolences. I pray you find peace with your cooking to to focus on. Stay strong!

  10. Debbie says:

    Dear Kittencal,
    I just found you. I’ve read many of your recipes from Recipezaar. I’m truly sorry to hear about your husband. I know from experience how devastating it is to loose a loved one during the holidays. My prayers are with you.

  11. Cait says:

    I am so excited that you are doing all this! Talent like yours should not be hidden. I saw yor recipes all over Food.com and read the many positive reviews of your recipes and have tried some myself. I’m very sorry to hear about the death of your husband. God bless you.

  12. Mary Solle says:

    I am very glad that you have your own site. Like many others have said before, Food.com will never be the place that recipezaar was. Whenever I make one of your wonderful recipes, I am always asked if I would share the recipe. My mother passed away in August 09 and I know that the holidays are hard and I extend my condolences to you.

  13. Laurie says:

    I just found your new site and am sending my congratulations your way for getting it up and running! I wanted to let you know that your turkey brine recipe is now a repeat visitor to our home each Thanksgiving and any other time I make turkey. My son-in-law confessed that my turkeys are better than his mom’s, and got the recipe from me. He’s already made his first brined turkey with great success.

    My sincere condolences to you for the loss of your husband. I am hopeful that you can somehow ‘feel’ the warmth of the love and blessings your fans are sending your way.

  14. I have just come across this web site – after searching for something in food.com – I am a recipezaar/food devotee for several years. Your recipes are AWESOME. I am so sorry for your loss – I have been married 51 yrs. and I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. I know you WILL do the cookbook in time. Do NOT push yourself – sit tight in making decisions – give yourself at least a YEAR before making any changes/decisions/moves/etc. I am looking for a toffee recipe that can be made on a silpat mat – I have tried several and they come out “grainy” not crisp- Thanks

  15. Lee in Little Rock AR says:

    I want to thank you for sharing yourself and your wonderful recipes! At 55 I am a neophyte in the kitchen, and I appreciate the simple yet delicious recipes! You give me the confidence to “go for it”. All of your fans are sending you support, love and prayers. As one who has lost many in her life, your posting on Food.com about looking back or looking forward is beautiful and has made me take a step toward tomorrow with a lighter heart. Blessings to you and your family

  16. Ashley A says:

    You are truley special and awesome!
    You have helped to put my families health on the right track with your recipes, my husband used to only eat FRIED CHICKEN ONLY!! with help of your many chicken recipes, He rarley even requests fried chicken anymore.
    I am currently in between residences so its hard to get around to trying new recipes, but believe me I have tons of your recipes bookmarked and ready to try! I also share your recipies with my mother, I expect that she will like them as well. I am only 21 but yet I have the dreams to become a popular and well loved chef in my lifetime. You are a GREAT INSPIRATION!!
    My prayers and condolences go out to you. I had a death in the family in January 2010 and November 2010. Even though it hurts me, I’m sure it is another kind of pain to lose your soul mate. God Bless and Keep on Doing What God Made you to do! <3 <3 <3
    Love From Texas, Ashley A

  17. LILLIANCOOKS says:

    I just found your web page through Food.com I’ll be trying your ‘French Toast Casserole’ recipe from there soon! Good Luck with this new site…it looks great!

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband.

  18. Dear Ms. Kittencal, I have been a big fan of yours for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing your love of cooking with all of us.
    My heart goes out to you for your loss and my prayers are with you.
    Big hugs, Elizabeth

  19. Ruth says:

    Hey glad I found your site!! I am THE WORST COOK on earth and I live alone and no one cooks for me so I suffer. I am trying so very hard to learn. I find your site helpful. I may actually look forward to meals after I try some of your recipes.

  20. Ruth says:

    OMG I just read that your husband died. I am so very sorry. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Tanya Torst says:

    Hi Kittencal, I always loved your recipes on Recipezaar. I’m not sure what to think of Food.com yet. Thank you for putting together this site. Don’t worry, the cookbook will come out when it comes out, and not any sooner.

    My condolences on the loss of your husband, my heart goes out to you in this time of sadness. If I can be of service or help you in any way, please let me know. God bless you.

  22. Renee Jensen says:

    I joined Recipezaar on Sept 1, 2004 and I must say, I have really appreciated and loved watching you grow as a Zaar favorite! Your recipes are AMAZING and I was sooooooo happy to see you venture onto your own after food.com took over. I miss Zaar but I am so grateful to see your emails in my mailbox with recipes I can always count on being nothing less then perfect! I will continue to grow with you as a fan and I will wait on that cookbook. As we all know, sometimes life can take unexpected turns but just take your time…your fans are all with you and each and every one of us support and care! I am so, so sorry for your loss! Many blessings from my family to yours! Salute!!!

  23. Carrie Cuyler says:

    Hi Kittencal!!

    I can’t say enough about your recipes. I haven’t had a bad one yet! My sister and I are always trading your recipes. To be quite honest, I never even look at other chefs recipes. Your Buttermilk Chicken is probably my absolute favorite to date though. I was wondering how I get to your “favorites” folder. Your favorites always seem to be MY favorites too! Keep posting great recipes! You’re awesome!

  24. kittencal says:

    Carrie I’m glad that you and sister enjoy my recipe!, my Favorites folder is not on my blog, they are the ones that are extra special, you will see many more of those coming on my new recipe site recipezazz.com launching in May

  25. Connie says:

    I am conniecooks, formerly of recipezaar, I have just spent about half my day drooling over many of your awesome recipes, I just love this site, and I am looking forward to the launch of recipezazz.com, in May. Great work Carol you were one of my favorites in zaar and you still are.

  26. Michelle says:

    I’m here from Recipezaar, where I always know a Kittencal recipe will be a good one! I’m excited to look through your website. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband.

  27. Donna says:

    Kittencal, you’re the best. Just want to give you the biggest hug. You’d written me years ago, inviting me to your site. I had failed to reply because of so many issues going on in my life. I’m still bogged dwon in “stuff” but I wanted to stop buy and just tell you it’s people like you that make the world a jillion times BETTER. Thank you for being you, precious lady. Thank you for your generosity and kindness, for being you, for causing an increase in kindness and warmth in such an otherwise cold world. Lots of love to you always. Let me put it this way, if our busy lives don’t allow us to get to talk more here, we will chat endlessly in Heaven because Heaven will be made up of beautiful people like yourself. Thank you again, for sharing, for caring, and being a “heart” person. Love, love love you! Donna

  28. Barbara says:

    I followed you on recipezaar and Food.com. Disliked their new format and am now following you on your site. Love your recipies. Wish you would post your favorites though! Keep on writing/love your work

  29. stacy says:

    So excited about recipezazz! thank you for bringing back what we once had. Love your recipes!

  30. Monica says:

    Carol, I have been a fan of yours on recipezaar/food.com for several years. I was thrilled to find your new site and then quite saddened to hear of your husband passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to adjust to such a great loss. Looking forward to the new website and to your cookbook. You are a WONDERFUL cook and so very kind to always go out of your way to explain and define things for those of us who are woefully less experienced than you are in the kitchen. I truly appreciate you sharing your gift with all of us!!

  31. Mercy B says:

    I’ve been a long time fan of you on Recipezaar/Food.com. I just recently learned that you have your own blog and eagerly looking forward to your newest venture.

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband.

    Thank you for sharing so many easy and great tasting recipes.

  32. Ashley says:

    You’re recipes are amazing! My motto is if Kittencal posted it, then it’s got to be good! I have followed you on Recipezaar/food.com for a long time, and am not glad to have found your blog. I would love to get a cookbook.

    I am very sorry about your husband.

    I look forward to seeing more from you.

  33. Mary Krauski says:

    Hi. Last Summer I made kabobs for a group of people I really like and used your recipe.
    It was absolutely amazing.
    Later this month we will celebrate our 45th anniversary.
    We got marries at 19 and we are self employed artists, so it’s probably a miracle we have made it this far.(notice we are not waiting til 50th)
    We are having 20 or 30 people to celebrate and I knew I could find your recipe again, which I did.
    I wish you lived with me…
    I am so sorry about your husband. I guess life goes on, but I know it is tough.
    Keep cooking.
    My best thoughts are with you.

  34. Alison says:

    I have followed you for a while on recipezaar. Glad to see you have your own blog! Keep cooking so I can keep cooking!

  35. Lisa says:

    I first encountered you on Recipezaar and only just learned you’d started your own website. I’m so very sorry to hear about the death of your husband. :( I was directed here from the forums at Food.com because I had a recipe question, but now I hesitate to ask it.

    I will ask and just assume that if/when you have time, it will get answered. :)

    I often modify recipes I find to fit my family’s taste/budget/improve the nutritional content. I was contacting you about the oven-baked-chicken recipe that used the shake-and-bake mix. I wanted to know what you thought of removing the skin first (to decrease fat content) and brining the chicken before preceding with the rest of the recipe (to help minimize flavor/moisture loss from removing the skin).

    I wondered if the brining would help keep the chicken moist enough – or if it would get TOO moist and leave the breadding soggy?

    Thoughts and prayers are with you!

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