About Big Red Kitchen

Who I am…


I‘ll tell you who I am. I am one happy gal, who is living her dreams, that’s who.  Other than working Big Red Kitchen full-time, I am a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, who trains big, bad, strong and strappin’ men, some who are agents, cops, firemen, athletes, and military. Then there is that gorgeous, sexy, sassy,  and amazing sisterhood of strong women I train who push me daily to be and give my best. When one teaches, two learn.  I have been a CrossFitter for over four years, challenging myself to overcome every single obstacle thrown my way, from rope climbing to running, and yes finally flipping that bloody 200 pound tire.  Then after learning that 80% of my wellness and fitness came from diet and not from all the blood, sweat, and tears at the gym, I went Paleo, losing the final few pounds of my total 25 pound weight-loss.  Although I am not perfect or some elitist about Paleo, I have observed how much better I feel and perform, not only at the gym, but in everything I do.   Even through a recent shoulder injury, not from CrossFit, I find ways to push myself in order to achieve my fitness goals.  Below is a photo of me finally back squatting again after finding a way to strap the bar to my back and stabilize my shoulder joint. Never Give Up!


More details?  I am a BSN RN by education, specializing in cardio-thoracic medicine and ICU. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle, fitness, cooking, writing, eating, traveling, recipe development, reading, stand up paddleboarding and SUP racing. I am a Christian, wife, and mother.

Here’s what I know…


When I posted this photo on Facebook three years ago, it went viral, and when people wanted to know more, I posted a few tutorials on making Mason Jar Meals.  Although this was seen in the media as a cutesy trend that would quickly pass, the virality of those posts told me that people are seeking order and balance in their lives. As many of us are drawn to clean lines, layers, and bright colors, I observed that people were primarily attracted to the design and packaging of these meals more so than the product inside, further proving to me that we  do indeed eat first with our eyes.  But then something changed.  After the love affair with  design came a desire for it’s contents. Individuals began putting these glassy meals into practice as they understood the need of having prepared meals handy to make busy nights stress-free, lunch boxes healthier, bring food budgets under control, as well as their meal portions. Keeping what I observed in mind, I intentionally designed meals that were easy to make, pack, and eat on the go or at home.

It’s not about the jar, it’s about aesthetically designed meals that will make your life easier. Use your vessel of choice because with these meals, there is no canning, preserving, sterilizing, boiling, or putting up, just the twisting of a lid.   If you are eager to live this ordered and balanced lifestyle, see for yourself how Mason Jar Meals can help you.

How badly do you want it anyway? 


A lifestyle of deliciously designed, whole-food meals that can be prepared in short bursts of time always at your fingertips? I can get you there if you are willing and eager. Big Red Kitchen serves those who are busy, do not have time to cook, constantly wonder what’s for dinner, eat out way too often, allow too many un-healthy foods to pass their lips, and have a desire to change it, all of it, one meal at a time.

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  1. avatar Robin Smith
    Posted 04/21/2012 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    I am planning a Tea for a Baby Shower and loved your recipe for Cucumber Sandwiches but there is no indication of how many sandwiches your recipe makes. Do you have an estimate?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 04/21/2012 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

      Hi Robin,
      The recipe makes 7 sandwiches on very thin bread, you can cut these in half or quarters depending on the size you wish. I always figure at least 1- 1 1/2 sandwiches or 4-6 quarters per person- depends on how much other foods you are serving of course! But I can personally down a dozen quarter sandwiches myself;-)
      Hope this helps!
      The Other Robin

      Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

  2. avatar jackie
    Posted 06/16/2012 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    Robin Sue;
    I saw your article in the valley news, I want to try and make the pumpkin muffins, but in the store there are two kinds of canned pumpkin, one that is without any spices in it, and the easy pumpkin with spices already in it, Please tell me which one do i use for the pumpkin / cake muffins, Thanks so much


    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 06/16/2012 at 8:15 PM | Permalink

      The one without, just plain pumpkin puree without anything added. Enjoy!!

  3. Posted 07/09/2012 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    I have a question about your mason jar meals. I have a recipe for bread in a jar that you can put a flat and lid on as soon as it comes out of the oven and it will seal. It will keep for up to a year. Can you do that to your meals? I was looking at your peaches and cream coffee cakes and it makes a bunch so I was just wondering. Have you ever tried it and if so how did it turn out?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 07/09/2012 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

      Hi Norma
      I am using the jars just a storage vessels, not for canning. I do not preserve any of my meals, only store them in the fridge or freezer. Sorry I can’t help. I am not really sure about bread in a jar for a year??

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 07/09/2012 at 5:04 PM | Permalink

      Norma, I did find this article. Be careful…

      Robin Sue

  4. Posted 07/11/2012 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

    I have made bread in a jar and it wil keep for a year. Just have to make sure you seal it as soon as it comes out of the oven. Pumpkin chocolate chip is really good

  5. avatar jenn
    Posted 07/24/2012 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    hey, robin sue! i saw this today on pioneer woman’s blog and thought of you immediately, but didn’t know where else to submit this comment so you’d get it! i know you’ll be thrilled!


    jenn in GA

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 07/25/2012 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

      These things are so funny! I must get one soon. I do have the redneck wine glass which is a hoot too!
      Thanks Jenn!

  6. avatar Heidi Leonard
    Posted 09/02/2012 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    Hi!! I would love to know what dish you used for your pasta bar, the yellow serving tray. We do various “bars” with our kids all the time and I would love to have one.


    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 09/02/2012 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

      I got it about 6 years ago from Costco. Its a lazy susan serving tray. Hope you find one!

  7. avatar Jamie Wyatt
    Posted 10/25/2012 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    So glad I found your blog! (And Pinterest Board!)

  8. avatar Terry
    Posted 11/06/2012 at 2:46 PM | Permalink

    Hi. My name is Terry and I was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. My father was a pastor there for more than 20 years. My mother had a recipe for that she called “Potato Candy” that is really close to your Pnut butter candy. Only she boiled a small russet potato first then added the box of powdered sugar, rolled it out and spread the pnut butter on it. Then rolled it up, chilled it and then sliced into pinwheels to eat. It was never too dry or too sticky…..

  9. avatar Katie
    Posted 11/23/2012 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

    Hi Robin Sue, I am from the UK and came across your site through Pinterest. I was just wondering if you refer to teaspoon or tablespoon when you have a ‘T’ in your recipes.

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 11/23/2012 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

      Big T is tablespoon and lowercase t is a teaspoon. One of these days I’ll go back and do it the real way- tsp. or tbsp. Thanks!!

  10. avatar francine schissell
    Posted 12/22/2012 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    I am not receiving my newsletter for a while. can you check this out thank you
    Francine Schissell

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 12/22/2012 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

      Will start up again in the New Year. Thanks!

  11. Posted 06/26/2013 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    AWESOME blog! Glad I stumbled upon it! I loved your description of who you are and I found a lot of similarities! I’m a Christian, wife, mom (of soon to be 4 in July), BSN RN (ER is my specialty), love to cook (mostly Paleo), be in the outdoors, holistic health, natural living, homebirther and would love to be a cross fitter when I’m done with having kids! And I love to blog about all of the above at GreenandGrateful.com. Thanks for blogging and I look forward to following you!

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 06/27/2013 at 8:08 PM | Permalink

      Welcome Bethanie!

  12. avatar Margolita Rouse
    Posted 07/19/2013 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    Would love to have the recipe for the Drippy Coconut Cake but can’t locate it.
    Could you share the recipe with me?

  13. avatar Diane Benson
    Posted 09/17/2013 at 8:56 AM | Permalink

    Hi I am from Ontario, Canada. I was wondering how I might be able to order the jars with the inserts?

  14. avatar Kim S
    Posted 02/20/2015 at 6:29 AM | Permalink

    Robin Sue, you are an inspiration. I read your “About” page and have to say WOW what a wonderful story!
    I have been looking for inspiration to
    1. Get our family to eat and live healthier
    2. Get some pounds off me and Hubs.

    I hit 40 and man…. my once skinny, didn’t have to work for it self developed a tire that wont go away. lol

    Thank you for being an inspiration… I’m so glad I stumbled on your site. I look forward to visiting often.
    Blessings to you and your family :)

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 03/10/2015 at 9:22 PM | Permalink

      Thank you Kim! It is a chore to get them to eat healthy but in the long run it will be worth it:)

  15. avatar Peggy Gehrman
    Posted 02/24/2015 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

    You are an amazing inspiration to me! I have wanted to change my health and fitness for a long time…managing to lose 30 lbs and keep it off over a year ago, I find that my minset and “bad habits” have not changed. I would love to follow a mostly Paleo diet and try the Crossfit route…but I am an insulin dependent diabetic (also and RN) and I worry about the blood sugar issues that go with such a lifestyle. I am ready to aproach my Endo and Educators for assistance…as an RN yourself, any advise?

    • avatar Robin Sue
      Posted 03/10/2015 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

      You would have to really keep a good record of your pre and post WOD sugars, keep a snack on hand, and listen to your body. With Paleo you would still have to make sure you are getting the right Macro ratio and log your diet for a while to see how it goes. Curious to see how it goes for you. My Mom was pre diabetic and reduced her sugars on the Paleo diet and maintains without med so far.

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