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Meet Heather

Heather Tullos

Oh Haiiii!

Ya found me. I’m Heather Tullos, writer of the Sugar Dish Me recipes, taker of the pictures, eater of the cookies, and mom to all the dogs.

Yep. All of them.

About Sugar Dish Me

Sugar Dish Me is where I share tried and tested recipes that work well in a home kitchen, without lots of complicated stuff.  The goal here is to give you simple, family-friendly, fresh recipes with un-complicated ingredients, that you can find in a  regular store, on a regular budget.

I started this food blog in 2011 when I suddenly lost my job. It was the first time in my life that I had a minute to take a pause and figure out what exactly I wanted to do. Before 2011 I really just spent all my time figuring out how to figure it out. 

I was a young mom and a young wife, and then I was a young SINGLE mom and ex-wife. I was always working 2 and 3 jobs, and was just doing my best to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table.

I’ve always loved to cook; I used to dig through the cabinets of my mom’s kitchen when I was small, and flip through her little church fundraiser cookbooks (you know the ones with all the Jell-O and words like “oleo”) and then see what we had the ingredients to make. Whenever I’d ask permission to make something, my mom would just tell me “If you can read, you can cook,” and would just sort of let me go at it. 

I’m self-taught, but spent almost 20 years in the restaurant industry waiting tables, working behind a bar, catering, prepping food for hundreds of people in industrial kitchens, and selling my baked goods to local coffee shops. 

My humble beginnings (and the fact that I don’t have a Whole Foods or Publix within 50 miles of my house) are the reason I will always err on the side of regular and decidedly NOT fancy. Do I have a Kitchenaid mixer? Yes. Do you need one to make the recipes on this site? NO. 

The actual name of this blog – Sugar Dish Me – was a total fluke. I was literally just typing combinations of words into a tool to buy a domain and snagged the first one that wasn’t taken 🙈 I never ever thought that this blog would end up paying for my wedding, helping me to buy a house, or yielding a full time income, but here we are.

What you can look forward to 

MORE THAN DESSERTS! I realize a blog called Sugar Dish Me might make you think  there are  only dessert recipes, BUT! Some of my most popular dishes are simple, fresh, healthy eats, easy dinner ideas, and things like popovers and biscuits.

I live in western North Carolina and grew up in Charlotte, and am married to a man with a southern accent so heavy that sometimes I have no idea what he’s saying, so I do share some local favorites.  I have recipes for Carolina Style Hot Dogs, Carolina Style Burgers, and will always tell you to use Duke’s Mayonnaise

My dad was a military kid, and my mom grew up in the midwest, so I also have lots of homestyle comfort food recipes like The Best Meatloaf Sandwich I’ve Ever Had (Ever) and From Scratch Stew Beef

Contact Me

Constructive comments and questions are always welcome! Trolls will be fed to sharks. 

You can email me at sugardishme {at} gmail {dot} com. You can also follow me on Instagram – I love seeing what y’all do with my recipes! Tag @sugardishme and use #sugardishme – I share as many as I can manage (though I admittedly suck at social media). You can also find me on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest. I love hearing from you!!!

I appreciate each and every reader from the bottom of my heart. Truly.

I love a good cookie.

My posts often include little bits about the people (and pets) in my life, since they are primarily the eaters of all this food.

CHAD.

My other half. Professional taste-tester, cheesecake-lover, meat-eater, pasta-hater, and amateur Burger King spokesperson. Chad is a welder/fabricator when I am not chasing him around with samples on a fork. His job is pretty physical which translates to him being hungry all the time. We make a good team.

ANDREW.

Is a teenager. And taco-eater. Cheeseburger and pizza fanatic. Will not let me take a photo without making a crazy face. Sort of a smartass, but comes by that plenty honest. Great dimples, and will talk you under the table.

EVAN.

Is 15. Likes to push mushrooms, onions, and Brussels sprouts around his plate with the hopes that I won’t notice. Loves to request impossible birthday cakes and irritate his brother. More dimples and plenty of questions.

CHARLIE. GERTRUDE. NORMA JEAN. BETTY. LUCY. GIDGET. ANNIE. SAWYER. LESLIE. 

Sooooooo… one thing you should definitely know about me is that I have 6 dogs and 2 cats. All of them were either rescued from bad situations or they were abandoned strays. I am very passionate about pet adoption. These guys are a huge part of our family and we love them infinitely. It’s basically like having a house full of toddlers.

I spend an insane amount of time cleaning mud off of feet, throwing frisbees, and vacuuming dog hair off the couch. I wouldn’t have it any other way.