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Welcome to my food journal. My name is Tina. I am an enthusiastic home-cook who has been in love with “the art of cooking” since I can remember.

I was fortunate to have a mother who was not only an artist on canvas but also on the plate. Mom’s creative influence led me on a journey that brought me here . My formal background is as a commercial interior designer. Informally, I am a professional volunteer! Currently, I am involved with Common Threads, an organization devoted to teaching children in under-served communities how to cook wholesome, healthy meals in professionally led, curriculum-based after-school programs.

I started this home-grown blog to honor not only my love of simple entertaining but to log my recipes and presentation ideas. Now that my kids, Laura and Scott, are of cooking age they often call for the family favorites and menu ideas. Well,  here they are!!

I live in Chicago with my husband, best friend, biggest fan, and sous chef (aka dishwasher) Randy!

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  1. Judy Skulborstad permalink
    August 1, 2012 1:36 am

    I LOVE your website, Tina!! I look forward to more from you and am definately going to try your recipes!!!! Well done!!! Judy

  2. August 1, 2012 2:40 pm

    Tina… WONDERFUL! So happy to see you off to a great start — we’ll be watching.

  3. Karen Johnson permalink
    August 1, 2012 7:09 pm

    Nice intro, Tina! The site looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see it “sprout”!!!

  4. Barb Rock permalink
    August 1, 2012 8:02 pm

    Very excited and ready to tackle your recipes! Not only are you stunning, you seem to bring your beauty to the plate and the palate. BRAVO goat girl 🙂

  5. Ellen permalink
    August 2, 2012 1:41 am

    You put class and great style into everything you do Tina and this is yet another of your exquisite entries. Rock on girl.

  6. Nancy Van Luik permalink
    August 2, 2012 8:40 pm

    Tina, I love your blog. The Gazpacho looks so good – I can’t wait to see more.

  7. Paula permalink
    August 3, 2012 12:09 am

    Tina – This is a fabulous display of your passion for healthy and stylish eating. So proud of what you have put together here for our benefit. I am especially proud of all you are doing with the children at Common Threads! You go Girl!!!

  8. Barb Coster permalink
    August 3, 2012 1:11 pm

    Tina, Congratulations on your launch of this fabulous site!!!! I LOVE the step by step photos for the scallop recipe! Can’t wait to make the wheat berry salad recipe to share with my neighbours tonight. P.S. Can I borrow Randy?

  9. Laura Beaudoin permalink
    August 6, 2012 7:05 pm

    Amazing! We all get our artistic talents from Mom, but you shine so, in this arena. So excited about this site Tina. Can’t wait to pass it along to the east coasters. Congrats..

  10. Maureen Meyer permalink
    August 7, 2012 2:13 am

    I love having such talented and creative friends, who also share a love for food and entertaining! We will religiously follow shreddedsprout! xxoo

  11. Barb Brabec permalink
    August 10, 2012 4:20 am

    Hi Tina,
    One more Barb to add her kudos to you! Brian Berley tipped me off (via Facebook) and I just love your blog and recipes. Congrats! from Geoff Hansen & Barb Brabec

  12. Marlene Aprati permalink
    October 5, 2012 10:47 pm

    Tina I love your blog. It is such a beautiful expression of all your creative talents, not to mention the food is out of this world! I am so proud of you..Marlene

  13. December 5, 2012 10:23 am

    Hi! I love your blog and nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please check

  14. December 5, 2012 11:59 pm

    Hi Tina, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    All the best,

  15. Julie permalink
    December 6, 2012 11:47 am

    Great blog Tina!! I am now a “follower”. Great chatting with you yesterday!

  16. Holly Long permalink
    March 11, 2013 9:14 pm

    Just joined your blog and can’t wait to see what’s “cookin”. I am an amateur foodie too. It took me awhile to get on board, but I am excited to see what you are up to.

  17. Mary Kolar permalink
    May 28, 2014 5:37 pm

    Hey Tina!
    Love, love, love Shredded Sprout!!!!!
    Been following you from the beginning – AWESOME delicious recipes! I’m so happy for you. Thanks for sharing your imaginative food! You rock! XXOO Mary

  18. Cinda Clay permalink
    October 8, 2014 8:12 am

    Tina-I was looking for Chef Louie’s recipe for cauliflower soup and found your blog. I love your story about traveling with him and his wife. The Bakery was my favorite restaurant. How lucky I am to have discovered your blog with all the wonderful recipes. Thank you for making these recipes available to all.

    • shreddedsprout permalink*
      October 8, 2014 8:59 pm

      Thank you Cinda!

  19. Rosemary Silberstein permalink
    October 19, 2014 8:45 am

    Tina, I am just starting to go thru your blog! It is Great, enjoying all the great pictures, and of course recipes. And wanting to try them all. your site is very well done !

    • shreddedsprout permalink*
      October 19, 2014 8:58 am

      Thank you! Quite a way from the fabulous food in Ravello…someday! Rosemary will you send me the name of your site?

  20. Krissy Schmidt permalink
    April 16, 2015 6:10 pm

    I had no idea you had your own blog!! I will be following it for sure you!! Miss you guys!!!

    • shreddedsprout permalink*
      April 17, 2015 6:42 am

      Thanks Krissy!! Miss you guy and congrats on the babies!!

  21. karen powell permalink
    November 24, 2015 10:44 pm

    so great to be able to browse through your awesome site to always find a perfect something to prepare for a party. thank you for sharing your passion (now if only you could just cook for me too!). happy thanksgiving.

  22. Jeanne Enright permalink
    March 23, 2016 7:08 pm

    Love this site, Tina!!! Great job. Randy told me to check it out and I am glad I did!

    • shreddedsprout permalink*
      March 23, 2016 7:42 pm

      Thanks Jeanne!! Once you and Randy slow down a bit I’d love to have you and Bill over for dinner.

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