You’re busy, but you still want to provide good food for your family, and you love the idea of making it mostly from scratch. You need no-fuss recipes that are tested and yield delicious results you can count on. You want to feel a sense of pride when your family sits down to a home-cooked meal or a special treat you baked with love. And you would love to learn new recipes and feel more confident in the kitchen!

About Nourish & Fete – What you’ll find here

Here we’ll use simple, fresh, everyday ingredients to make delicious meals. You’ll find my most dependable recipes, as well as tips on how to choose the best ingredients, shop and cook with the seasons, and make your life easier in the kitchen.

I know homemade meals can be a luxury for today’s busy schedules, but you can do this, and I want to help!

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Why the name Nourish & Fête?

Simple – I believe food nourishes us, body and soul. I believe home-cooked meals do a lot to not only keep us fed but also strengthen our families and relationships.

“Fête” is the French word for “celebrate,” and I believe food also can and should be a celebration. And well, I’m a French speaker (Je me debrouille) and started the blog while living in Belgium, where my son attends French-speaking schools and we use the language quite a bit.

Sometimes I almost wish I’d chosen something simpler and without an accent, but, what can you do. I bought the domain and already have all the social media handles. 🙂

A Little More About Me

I am a self-taught cook. I should have learned more by helping my Mom when I was a kid, but, well, I was too busy being a bookworm, so then I turned 20-something and had no idea how to feed myself real food, let alone a family!

So, I know what it’s like to not know how to cook anything, and I also know the joy and pride that comes from learning that you can prepare things you never thought possible. And now I derive huge joy from sharing that with others!

I try hard to limit most processed, prepackaged ingredients, simply because I like knowing what goes into our food, and don’t like the idea of feeding my son a lot of added sugar. I love to bake – with real butter! – and figure we get enough real sugar that way, we don’t need it in our crackers and spaghetti sauce, too. 🙂


I’m an American diplomat currently living in Brussels, Belgium, with my husband and preschool-aged son, Henry. (Wasn’t he just a baby yesterday – eating his first gelato!? ↑ That went fast!!)

I also have two amazing step-kids who are older and live mostly in the U.S., and the sweetest Brittany Spaniel named Cookie. She licks up (almost) everything I drop in the kitchen, and everything Henry drops from the table. Lucky dog, lucky me.

Most Recent Recipes

So, welcome to Nourish and Fête! Remember, here we’ll use everyday ingredients and no-fuss recipes to make from-scratch meals you’ll be proud to serve.

If you have any questions or want to celebrate your success in the kitchen, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me (monica at nourish-and-fete.com) or reach out via Instagram or Facebook. If you just want to see tons of recipe ideas, follow me on Pinterest! 🙂 Either way, I can’t wait to get to know you!