I am a die-hard Mainer transplanted to Pennsylvania solely because the man I love is here. Although I miss Maine and constantly long for lobster stew, fried clams, and the "right" kind of hot dog rolls that open on the top rather than the side, I am enthusiastically absorbing local Pennsylvania Dutch specialties such as Lebanon bologna, pork with sauerkraut, and the sweetest corn on the cob I have ever tasted.
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love to cook soups. Casseroles, vegetable side dishes, and sauces are also big favorites.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was a good, old-fashioned, Maine country cook. I grew up in a family of six children, so our meals tended to be economical as well as tasty. My best friend was the child of California hippies and her mom was also a great cook, although in a very different style from what I was used to. I had an adventurous palate as a little girl, and I loved to eat at my friend's house, where I sampled "foreign" treats such as fresh soybeans, pesto, and eggplant. The combination of my mom's traditional. New England style dishes and the more exotic fare that my friend's mom prepared have definitely influenced the way I cook today.
My cooking triumphs
Although my primary job is teaching preschool, I am fortunate to have an awesome summer job in Maine, cooking at Hidden Valley Camp which is actually known for its amazing food! I have worked there since 1989 and it is like a second home to me.
My cooking tragedies
oh man.....I have them all the time. I am constantly trying out things "just to see what will happen." My boyfriend is a very tolerant man!