About Me

Tara Noland is the author of Noshing With The Nolands

I have done many things in my life but now I am doing what I have loved for years, cooking and sharing my ideas with others. My first career was nursing which I did for 20 years, and although I got a lot of fulfillment from it, I needed a creative outlet. That first led to a gift basket company that I had started from scratch and grew it into a huge business including a retail card and gift store which also provided promotional items and corporate card giving.

My focus started to change when our daughter arrived and after being a sales representative for a number of years I started to think of ways of being home with the family more and that has led me to eventually doing this blog.

Cooking, baking and entertaining have been a lifelong passion for me. I started at a very young age to bake and cook for my family. Even attempting many of Julia Child’s recipes as a young teenager and cooking meals for the family or for company.  Now I love entertaining and celebrating the holidays. My husband Ken loves being in the kitchen creating right along with me.  Our daughter has been doing cooking classes with me for a number of years and also enjoys everything that the kitchen has to offer.

I have recently done a few catering events but I also do the cooking and baking for even large parties of over 100 people such as at Halloween.

I am so pleased to be able to present our blog for your enjoyment at www.noshingwiththenolands.com   I have not missed a day posting something new on our blog and continue to have great success with photos on some of the top photography sites such as Foodgawker, Tastespotting and Tasteologie to name a few. My recipes are in Tasty Kitchen, Foodbuzz and Healthy Aperature. I have been featured a number of times in Gourmet Live’s blog for my involvement in JC100. I have had the privilege to participate in the celebration of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday which was on Aug. 15, 2012. With JC100 I was given an assignment each week from Julia’s publisher to recreate one of Julia’s recipes. Along with restaurants and bookstores this worldwide celebration paid homage to one of the greatest chefs the world has ever known. I was thrilled to have our Boeuf Bourguignon selected to be on their Facebook page on the day of her birthday. Quite the honour.

Please continue to join us on this culinary journey never knowing what we will come up with next!!

I hope you enjoy all of our posts and share your comments and ideas along with us.

Tara, Ken and Amber Noland

43 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Tara, I’ve enjoyed everything you have shared since day 1. You are the best! Thank you for sharing your talent and family! xo

  2. This blog is awesome Tara! So many great ideas and delicious receipies! Can’t wait to give them a try. Good for you for following your passion!

  3. Oh my, we have so much in common! I took nursing classes last year after working at a fruit stand for a few years. I l love just taking care of others, but food, cooking, that’s my real passion! That’s taking care of others too, right?

  4. I learned to cook by watching my best friend’s mom cook when I was in my early teens. She taught me that if you put your heart into what you cook you will win people over on the simplicity of feeding people and making them happy.

    I look forward to sharing recipes and reading your blog!

  5. Congratulations on the blog and I hope it leads to more greater things!! I love your recipes and I know once you are passionate about something it will only lead you to your purpose. Thanks for sharing this with us! Good luck and I will stop by often!

  6. I love your website! Thanks for finding me on FoodBuzz:) I’m just getting into the whole food blogging thing and it’s people like you who are a huge inspiration to me. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  7. THANKS FOR friending me. I’m a full time caregiver (24/7) for a 96 yr old lady. Took her to farmers market today. She can’t see anymore but can feel and smell the produce. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

  8. I also love cooking. After leaving work after 30+ years for spending more time with the 6 grandkids I finally have the time! My mother-in-law’s maiden name was Noland. So your blog caught my eye. Thanks!

  9. Hello Tara!

    Lovely blog… Your pictures are amazing and the recipes so simple :). I shall be coming back often! Good luck with the cookbook!

    Thanks for visiting my weekend kitchen!


  10. Thanks for friending me on Southern Plate. I am brand new to blogging so excuse any mistakes. I love your site and that BBQ Calzone looks and sounds amazing. Going to have to try it soon. I am a retired respiratory therapist, and finally having the time to enjoy reading my cookbooks and trying out new recipes. Definitely going to have to try some of your recipes.

  11. Looking at you following your dream Tara!!! It takes a brave soul to venture off the beaten path. You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. You are doing good things for yourself and helping others at the same time. Good for you Lady!

    p.s. If you haven’t posted your awesome pasta recipe with tomatoes, tons of garlic and parsley, GET ON IT! It’s unbelievably delicious, so easy and everyone LOVES it!

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  13. LOL!!! So I’m not the only former nurse who’s doing this :) That was my first profession, then I wandered into mechanical engineering (OMG), retired and now like you am doing what I love.

    And I just love the title of your blog–and of course, your recipes.

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