Welcome to Smells Like Home

homemade. sorta healthy. unapologetically delicious.

about SLH

Hi!! I hope you’re hungry because we’ll have no problem being really great friends! Like Julia Child once said, “People who like to eat are always the best kind of people.” She also said something about a gathering without cake is just a meeting. Brilliant, right?

But seriously, you’re here for the food and I’m here to deliver. I’ve been tossing up recipes to this site since 2007 and there’s 800+ of them to make everyone in your house happy. Here’s a bit of what awaits you:

  • desserts! desserts! desserts! really. loads of brownies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and so. much. more.
  • easy, family-friendly weeknight meals (all less than 40 minutes to make!)
  • more apps, dips, and snacks than your parties and tailgates can handle
  • enough brunch ideas to make your head swim
  • comfort foods up the wazoo – mac and cheese, cheese burgers, pizza, pot pies, cheesy pasta dinners…get your stretchy pants out!
  • plenty of Mexican and Tex-Mex: tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, taquitos, and nachos
  • foolproof weeknight meal plans – each with 5 meals and a phenom dessert
credit: Sarah Lehberger

about tara

coffee addict. maine lover. new englander.

wifey. pup + kitty mama. infertility survivor. adoptive mama-to-be.

project manager by day. floury mess-maker by night.

recipe developer. self-taught photographer. social media introvert.

and above all else: always hungry.

it’s not just about the food.

The food you’ll find here is unapologetically delicious. Some of it’s completely sinful. Some of it’s super healthy. Most of it sits somewhere in between. This is how we eat in our house.

Every recipe on this site is made from scratch, using as few packaged ingredients as possible. Yes, I use store-bought things like pasta, peanut butter, and tortilla chips. But what you won’t find here are recipes using boxed baking mixes, bottled salad dressings, or frozen chicken nuggets. They’re just not my thing.

credit: Sarah Lehberger

My philosophy about food is that cooking and baking from scratch, with limited (and pronounceable!) ingredients is just as easy as opening a package and dumping it into a bowl…and that cooking should be fun!

I do happy dances when pulling a fresh loaf of homemade sandwich bread from the oven. And when methodically mixing butter-sugar-eggs-vanilla-flour-salt together for a homemade birthday cake. And when measuring a bunch of spices for homemade Indian food. It helps that I’ve usually got Alexa playing The Beatles, an 80s or 90s pop station, or country rock in the background!

credit: Sarah Lehberger

But let’s be clear: we have our limits too. We eat out, order pizza from time-to-time, and indulge in pints of Jeni’s, Talenti, and Ben & Jerry’s.

Because in reality: Kyle and I are a busy couple with a baby in the house, a full-time job (me) and a brand new business to run (him), and a super active dog and cat. And sometimes, the dishes are just TOO MUCH to handle. Life is crazy and there needs to be some balance!

What I want you to take from SLH – aside from a napkin to wipe up the drool – is that you can make this food and have a blast doing it! Whether it’s with your kids, BFFs, parents, or loves, I hope you make cooking and baking a part of your life because it really is the BEST way to bring people together.


The Holidays: Get your fat pants out.

As we slip into the holiday season, it’s time to really ramp up your kitchen game. Are you a menu planner? A cookie swapper? A perpetual holiday host?

I’ve got you covered. From Thanksgiving right through the hectic holiday prep for Christmas and Hanukkah, let me help you make this time of year a little more enjoyable with my tried and true holiday favorites that will not only knock your socks off but maaaybe make you forget about that ridiculous Elf on the Shelf.

It IS the holiday season after all, so let’s have some fun!!

  • 01. King Arthur Flour
  • 02. Barilla Pasta
  • 03. Saber Grills
  • 04. CuttingBoard.com
  • 05. Cabot
  • 06. Grafton Village Cheese
  • 07. Partnership Opportunities

I am available to partner on recipe development, food blog photography, and sponsored posts.

Contact me for details and more information at smellslikehometara@gmail.com or visit my Contact page.

  • 01. where to find me around the web:

I mostly hang out on Instagram but you can also connect with me by “liking” SLH on Twitter, Facebook, directly by email at smellslikehometara at gmail dot com, or through the Connect page on the site for any type of question other than advertising, as I work exclusively with Mediavine Publisher Network.

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