Let me introduce myself, I am Ben Gorges and I created FoxValleyFoodie.com in 2012 as a creative outlet to tame my culinary obsessions. I never dreamed it would turn into my full-time job. My wish was simply to create a website where I could share my passion for Midwestern cuisine and comfort food with others and maybe occasionally make people laugh at a lame joke or two.
The recipes on my website are the result of years spent obssessing over every detail that makes a dish successful. I obssess with crafting each recipe to be as tantalizing as your favorite restaurant’s. After all, I once owned a gourmet burger food truck. Showing readers how to replicate their favorite restaurant meals in their home kitchen is my passion.
Few things make me happier than hearing about someone enjoying my recipe or my writing. Afterall, this blog is me. It’s informative, honest, authentic, and most importantly, fun.
I blog about what I love – great food made from scratch. Whether you are looking to gain a little confidence grilling and BBQing, looking for the best appetizers for your next party, or a comforting soup or stew on a cold winter day, my hope is each recipe gives you an in-depth understanding on how to successfully replicate it in your own kitchen, and gives you the confidence to customize it to fit your tastes.
I love everything epicurean. I have been told more than once that I am a food snob, and it is a moniker I happily embrace (though epicurean snob would be more encompassing, but I think that is a word mainly food snobs use). I love food made from scratch, craft beers, and I enjoy getting odd looks from people in a dive-bar when I order my whiskey neat.
I hail from Wisconsin’s Fox Valley where the only thing longer than the winter is the wait to get a table at one of the local Friday night fish frys. Do you need to be from the Fox Valley to enjoy my blog? Absolutely not. Though we would love for you to experience our corner of Wisconsin, FoxValleyFoodie.com is written for everyone.
Basil is my English Bulldog. She has been with me since the first post. You will usually find her sitting at my feet as I peck away at the keyboard. She says, “Hi.” Her favorite pastimes include snoring, snorting, and farting. She is quite the lady. (Update: Basil recently passed away.)
I wasn’t always a foodie. Growing up I was the world’s pickiest eater. I was mostly skin and bones, primarily due to the fact that the heating vent next to my dinner seat secretly ate more of my food than I did! Though, something changed once I finished college. I wanted to eat great food but I didn’t want to pay restaurant prices to do it. So I started to teach myself how to cook, discovered that I loved it, and the rest is history!
So pull up a seat and come share a love of all things culinary with me. You can stay on top of all my latest ramblings by subscribing here. Otherwise, drop by my Facebook page to say hi, or feel free to browse my pins on Pinterest. My readers are my top priority, so never be bashful. This blog is just a poorly locked diary without you.
Thanks for being you and being here,