About myhotboxkitchen


Before you even ask, no I am not a major pothead and no this is not a stoner blog… although the recipes I post are delicious for all appetites including the munchies.


meal planning in my hotboxkitchen

“So why the name myhotboxkitchen?”

My husband and I are both graduate students and live in a lovely apartment with a tiny box shaped kitchen. When we turn on the oven, the whole kitchen quickly heats. Over the summer it’s almost miserable and we started referring to it as a hot box… hence myhotboxkitchen.


One corner of myhotboxkitchen

A little about me 

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I am a mid-20s something grad student who enjoys cooking, blogging, yoga, climbing, running, biking and most importantly eating. I married the man of my dreams, D-Money in June 2012. I don’t call him D-Money because he has so many dollars. As grad students we are both quite…hmmm… making ends meet one day at a time. I call him that because that’s a nickname a friend gave him in college because she didn’t know how to pronounce his name at first, which is Damir. It was funny and cute so it stuck.


We have two furbabies, Captain (our shady cat) and Nala (our dopey pup).


I recently shaved my hair and am learning what it means to be a woman without hair in a society where hair is highly prized.

I believe that if you are good to your body, it will be good  to you. That means not only exercising daily but also the food you put into it.


What you can expect from myhotboxkitchen

I plan to post a new recipe weekly. I love cooking and want to share what I create with anyone who cares to listen.

Here is the deal though, I believe cooking is an art form. When I find a new recipe to try, I rarely follow it to a T. This is because when you read the comments on many recipes, you find that people added x,y, and z and loved it.

Recipes are meant to inspire but they don’t necessarily have to be followed exactly for an amazing result. We don’t all have the same taste buds and that is beautiful and should be celebrated.  Most food bloggers post recipes that they love and maybe I will love it too, but I usually need to add more garlic, or spice or sugar.

What I am trying to get it is that my recipes will not be exact measurements and are meant to serve as a guideline. As a cooking artist, you should be able to express yourself in the kitchen. I learned to trust myself in the kitchen and you should to! There is nothing wrong with following a recipe to a T but that’s just not my style.

Baking is the exception. I will always be upfront with measurements for baking because not doing so is just evil.

This blog is also where I talk about my life. I discuss my yoga journey, fitness goals, meal planning tips, the woes of grad school, my thrifting habit and my personal growth (sometimes it’s stunted) in general.

I hope you stick around, make some food with me and that I can make you smile. Let’s eat!

Let the Journey Begin!


9 thoughts on “About myhotboxkitchen

    • Thank you! Yours is beautiful and everything looks amazing! Will be trying one of the dishes tonight actually =) When is your half marathon and good luck with training! This Sunday I am running my first ever 7 miles and am excited to see how it goes.

  1. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, be inspired and please take care.

  2. Ok, I love your blog. Your fur babies are adorbale. And hubby is super handsome. I am the mommy to a wonderful dog named Tina. She’s a papillon. I don’t like, well almost hate cooking, and have been praying to God (seriously) and trying to find motivation to cook more meals. My son is so used to the same ole meals and I have been trying hard to break that cycle. Well, I will tell you this, I am so very inspired now, thanks to your blog!! I will be sure to update you on the dishes that I prepare from your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Wow thank you so much NickyGoGlam! Your kind words are really appreciated! How old is your son? I hope you find some joy in cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and that my recipes can help. Thanks so much again and please keep me posted 🙂

  3. You’re very welcome. I told you, I have been praying. God has a funny way of helping us along, and I found your blog. 🙂 My son is 13. My boyfriend is very kind and eats my meals, but I am sure that he too is a bit sick of spaghetti and baked chicken. Bless his heart, he will not complain though. I am happy and feeling inspired. I am also going to dry that fruit dish that you made. The one topped with strawberries.

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