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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.



Angie Zoobkoff

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Hi Kelly! Love your site! I'm writing from over at Leite's Culinaria, and we're wondering if we can get permission to feature the image at this post: on our site? We'd credit you and provide a link back to your site. Please let me know!

Sharon Aldrich

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I just came upon your site looking for a recipe for Tomato Bisque Soup, found that I have all the ingredients and will makeit today. Then I found three more recipes that sounded wonderful! You sound like someone I'd like to know. Will visit again.

Thanks! Sharon Aldrich


Thursday 18th of March 2021

Thank you, I'm so glad you found my site. I hope you try and like some of the recipes.


Thursday 24th of December 2020

I'm going to try your Hungarian Goulash with Pork recipe because I got some egg noodles at Schnucks that had a recipe for a goulash with sauerkraut, something I had never heard of. So I googled "goulash sauerkraut" and you are the first result, and I saw the packet of Schnucks paprika in your ingredients photo! I wonder if there was some restaurant opened by Hungarian immigrants in St. Louis that popularized this particular version of the dish.

Ron Hallebach

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hi Kelly. I moved to AZ thirty years ago. I lived near Lincoln and Diversey and i would walk to Schmiesings Bakery just south of Diversey on Lincoln Ave. I long for these. I am now retired, not a basket or cook, but i play at it. I was looking to see what i could do and came accross your recipe. I would walk to Schnackenburg Hardware next door and pick up an apple slice. Wonderful. Does this sound like "your bakery"?


Friday 11th of December 2020

I know the area, the bakery I went to often that always had apple slices was on Southport.


Friday 17th of January 2020

Your blog was the first return on Bing (search engine on my Windows phone) when I looked for how to serve leg of lamb (and the search engine autofilled "as a Greek appetizer"! so I went with it). Looks like fun! Actually, all of your recent recipes look like fun!


Friday 28th of February 2020

Thanks so much, let me know if you try one of my recipes!