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Hi!  I’m Ruthie…

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I’m a mom to 3 amazing kids and 2 dogs.  We love our dogs SO much that they have their own page.  Check it out here- Jack and Lila

Merry Christmas 2015 on

I’m happy to announce that I’ve teamed up with my daughter, Madeliene Louise, as co-blogger, in January 2018.  Together, we enjoy sharing our love of food, family, home, travel, and life.

Meet Madeliene, my daughter and new co-blogger at Cooking with Ruthie!

This site came to be in the summer of 2011… my Grandma Louise had a cooking show in the 60’s, which was the inspiration for my blog.  You can read more about ‘What’s Cooking with Louise’ here.

It’s hard to believe that my blogging journey began over seven years ago.  I’m so very grateful.  It has helped me expand, reach, and grow in innumerable ways.  It’s given me the opportunity to share my passion for food and cooking.

This is a photo of me and my Grandma Louise, we called her Gram.  I grew up in the kitchen cooking with my Mom and Gram.  From both of them, I developed a love of cooking and of sharing recipes, too.  From a young age, I was interested in everything about food and loved spending time helping, learning, and connecting with them in the kitchen.  I look back now with so many fond memories of those times.

Ruthie and Gram on

As I grew, so did my passion.   I loved trying new recipes or attempting to create my own,  I was encouraged to explore and the kitchen became my playground.  I was continually growing and learning through my failures and successes.  I’d give everything a try, both savory and sweet, nothing scared me.

Time passed and I got married, began a family, and moved around the country.  I would host neighborhood potluck lunches, attend area events, and absorb the culture all through the amazing platform of food.  I began to see that the beautiful experiences in my life were tied together by the common thread of food.  It was like the beginning of a index file in my mind.. an ever evolving book of life in the form of recipes.  It began cultivating in me a desire to share, in some form or fashion, this expanding cookbook of my life.  Recipes are so much more than ratios and combinations of flavors for me… they are memories.  They connect me to all the places I’ve lived, the people I’ve loved, and the memories I don’t want to forget.

Ruth & Gram 1992

Ruth & Gram 1992

My life has been a journey… I loved food and there was a time that it was not loving me back.  As a result, I was over very weight about 17 years ago.  I’ve written about my weight loss story part A and part B in hopes that others might gain something from sharing this experience.

I’m sure I have a bazillion (yep, I know that’s not really a number) mistakes and typo’s BUT I love this space.  I’m so happy to learn, grow, cook, AND become great friends with all of you!  I AM so grateful for the friends I’ve made, the things I’ve learned, and the ability to share some of God’s love along this journey through my Soul Journey Posts.  Oh and how I love to cook (yeah, and eat too)!!


Fall of 2013 begun a new adventure in my foodie life!  I started the Culinary Arts Program at UVU, a local university.  I’m excited to share my culinary journey with all of my readers.  Click here to read about my Culinary School Adventures.  I became a Chef and graduated the UVU Culinary Arts Program on May 1, 2015 – read here about my fabulous Graduation Day!

My Culinary Arts Graduation on a dream come true!

Recipes have a way of connecting friends, families, and generations.  Some of our most memorable moments are usually shared around a table with the people we love.  I hope through my blog you feel like you’re sitting with me at my kitchen table sharing a delightful piece of cake, talking about life, and enjoying the communal sharing of recipes.

Much Love and Peace~

Ruthie A Knudsen

  1. Linda Hopkins says:

    I attended one of your classes at the Maceys and really enjoyed it. I was looking through my notes and papers so I decided to look you up. You’re blog is really nice. I loved your stories of your grandmother as I am a grandma having my granddaughters sleep over and we are to creating wonderful memories. I look forward to trying some of your creations with them. Thanks and keep up the good work =)

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you for your kind comment! I really enjoyed teaching those classes and was so sad when the program was discontinued 🙁 Time in the kitchen sure makes lasting memories- my kids didn’t know my grandma but they know her Banana Bread recipe she taught me and I have taught them… somehow it binds the generations and brings us all together. Wonderful cooking memories that last 🙂 I hope you’ll stop by often and if you ever have family favorites to share I’d love to blog them and give you credit. Love, Ruthie