Meet Kimberlee

I’m Kimberlee, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts (Home of the Basketball Hall of Fame), went to college in Charlotte, North Carolina (JCSU!!) and now I call Hampton Roads, Virginia home. I absolutely love being so close to the beach and access to all this great seafood and water. 

Why Southern Roots Kitchen?

I originally started my blog so I could keep all over our family recipes together in one place. That didn’t last long, someone decided to be cruel, took the blog name and recipes and started a catering business. I shut the site down and decided to just take a break. My readers wouldn’t let me do that. I came back with Southern Roots Kitchen. My grandparents are from Pickens and Anderson County, South Carolina. Growing up a lot of our conversations took place in the kitchen surrounded by food. This is a place for me to continue those conversations. Here I talk a lot about my life in the kitchen with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and many food allergies.

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Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy

Born a preemie weighing 2lbs 1oz. Doctors told my parents I wouldn’t survive 24 hours. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2.5 years old. Doctors told my parents I wouldn’t walk and wouldn’t talk much. Parents were advised to place me in a home. My response “Mommy, I’m not gonna let no Palsy stop me.” One thing about that statement is I haven’t. Cerebral Palsy is my Super Power!

Kitchen Tips

Growing up we spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom, aunts, grandmother, and great-grandmother. It wasn’t just the woman n my family that inspired me, the men did too. My uncles and my grandfather taught me a lot about canning, making rubs for meats and BBQ and smoking. I decided to share those tips and tricks I have learned over the years.

Feel free to find me on social media (@s_rootskitchen) or email me if you need me. I love hearing from my readers.