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I'm so glad you're here. Welcome. My name is Kelly and I've recently decided to start a personal blog to help me get my recipes in order. I thought I'd like to share the stories behind a lot of what I make around here. I like all kinds of food but my husband and three kids don't. It can be a challenge sometimes. What's important to me is that we all come to the table and eat together. It's almost always homemade, from scratch, and made with fresh, honest ingredients.  I'm not into heavily processed things but sometimes I will look the other way and make a small exception.

My three daughters are all starting to venture out on their own.  My oldest is making her way post-college in New York City.  My middle daughter is in college and my baby will be joining her this fall.  They are all beginning to show some interest in cooking and my hope is this blog will be a cookbook for them, a place for them to find and learn how to make all their favorites and more.  My dad and his mom were great old-world cooks who didn't write anything down, no recipes.  Luckily, I learned a few things but much is lost, just my memories.  I want my cooking and family recipes to keep going with my children and I hope you find recipes here to inspire you.

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I get a lot of what I make from my recipe drawer, which is kind of amazing given the complete mess you'll find when opening that drawer. I have a ton of clippings, printed out pages, handwritten notes, recipes from my family and friends, and the most frequently used recipes are all stained and ripped from use. It is a feat for me to find what I'm looking for but I always seem to manage to find it. Hopefully this blog will get it organized.

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So how did I name this site. Well, it was hard as everything I came up with was taken. I kept going back to something with bluebird. I live in the woods outside of St. Louis in the start of the northern part of the Ozarks.  It is beautiful here. It's like living in a treehouse in a national park. We have lots of wildlife and yes, bluebirds. I love watching them nest and you'll often find me staring out my kitchen window watching them. So that's the inspiration for the name. I always have hungry mouths to feed too!  And soon we will be official empty nesters.  Oh no.

And one more thing. I have to be the most tech challenged person in the world. I am late to the party on everything, I just got my first smartphone. My husband and kids lose all patience with me when I am on the computer. This will definitely be a work in progress.

If you want to get in touch with me, you can leave a comment or email me at kelly [at] thehungrybluebird [dot] com. I just need to figure out how to check it.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Corey Lenger

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Can the Southern Mac and Cheese be put together the day before baking?


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

Hi Corey. I have never made it the day before but I've heard others have done so. Prepare through step 3 and then cover and refrigerate. I would sit out at room temp for 30 minutes or so and then bake the day of serving. Hope that helps.

Joan England

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

I want to make your corn soufflé but I really hate canned corn. Have you ever made it with fresh corn off the cob?


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

Nope, I never have. It's a simple dump and bake recipe with two kinds of canned corn, not sure how to convert it to fresh corn.

Megan Sands Somers

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Your "Blog", is so much more than that! It's "a treasure-trove" of incredible recipes! Thank-you, so much, for all the time, and energy - you've devoted to your Blog! I knew I had found the perfect site/blog, when I Googled macaroni and cheese made with eggs. I was looking for the perfect old school mac and cheese recipe. Once seeing your recipe I was reminded that there's also another secret ingredient other than eggs for that incredible Southern recipe. The magical ingredient is also Carnation evaporated milk in a can how can I have forgotten that? Once I saw it I said bingo! Thank you so much. Megan


Sunday 29th of May 2022

I just found your zucchini casserole recipe and I’ll be trying it tonight thank you very much


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Can u double the corn pudding recipe?


Friday 15th of April 2022

Hi Sherry. Yes, you can double it but use a larger dish (around 9" by 13") and the bake time will vary and take a little longer.