About Steele House Kitchen
Meredith Steele is a professional recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of Steele House Kitchen, an acknowledged food blog celebrating creative and fresh foods. Her recipe development and photography company, MBS Recipe Development specializes in multimedia recipe development for commercial brands to small business who’s clients include everyone from large PR firms to small family wineries. Meredith’s work has been published online, in various print media, and has been nominated for the SAVEUR Food Blog Awards. She also wrote a monthly column about delicious food and recipes for JamieOliver.com and has recently published the, Effortless Entertaining Cookbook (Page Street Publishing). When Meredith is not in the kitchen, she’s roaming Dallas, Texas with her husband, curly-headed pixie of a daughter, and big floppy-eared dog.
How This All Began…
My name is Meredith and I’m the one behind the computer (usually adorning a pair of well worn sock monkey slippers). In October of 2008, my wonderful husband and I had our first baby. A beautiful, brave, amazing little girl that has as much fight and determination in her little pinky finger than all of us combined. She came into this world sixteen weeks early weighing only one pound and thirteen ounces. It’s been a long journey but she is doing fantastic now. Since she was so early and spent five months in the hospital, the doctors asked us to keep her out of daycare and at home for at least the first three years. Thus creating a stay-at-home mom, something I wasn’t used to.
When I left my job as a graphic designer and became a stay-at-home mom my world changed. Trading logos and billboards for dirty diapers left me with a yearning for a creative outlet. So, I got back into my love for all things culinary, picked up my camera, and started a blog playfully titled, In Sock Monkey Slippers. It first was a way to keep my stories about raising a preemie and recipes organized for my own usage but it was to my surprise that I was hooked and found myself stuck in the blogging world.
Once our lives settled down from the excitement of having our first and only child, my husband decided he wanted to pursue a career as a sommelier. The transition left us without a major income for a while and with the support of my small but growing number of freelance clients, I officially opened my own recipe development company, MBS Recipe Development, in 2012. A job that keeps me very busy but I adore every minute of it.
As you see, with time comes growth and at the end of 2015, InSockMonkeySlippers.com had outgrown it’s slippers — so to speak. With our lives constantly full of good food and wine it was only fitting that this little blog of mine evolved as well. All of the old content from years past is still here but with a new look and name, Steele House Kitchen finally becomes the space I’ve always wanted it to be — a place where we all can relate and bring a moment of laughter, inspiration, and creativity around good honest food (complete with a daily dose of nonsense and wine pairings, of course).