Passionate about food. Sharp, nice knives are good. Enjoy calligraphy. Ever curious about the world. Love my family!
My favorite things to cook
Favorite things to cook: anything I grow, breads/cakes/cookies, recipes with several steps vs. dump-everything-in-a-pot approach. I'm not afraid of food...any food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Favorite family cooking traditions: Visiting children often bring home a description of something wonderful they ate somewhere and we then try to recreate that something wonderful. This has led to sometimes elaborate purchases of a pasta machine, exloration of "weird" things such as Spelt flour and Quinoa (did you know it comes in RED?!)and the creation of our very own apiary complete with four hives of beautiful and productive honeybees which produce delightful honey. That last one has been educational and rather costly to begin but it is the hobby we feel good about because, once it is up and running, it is good for our garden, our town and the Earth in general.
My cooking triumphs
I enjoy being able to eat something new in a restaurant or private home, carefully analyze it and then I make a few notes, purchase the ingredients and recreate that something new. My favorite was when I ate a delightful Bourbon-Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie in Knoxville, TN. We got home after 9 and as soon as the children were asleep I made that pie using my own pie crust recipe and the ingredients I had. I think I finally was able to taste it around midnight but it was absolutely delicious and very much like the original. Even the bourbon was a perfect match.
My cooking tragedies
My paternal grandfather owned a restaurant and relatives say he made the very best fried chicken and homemade biscuits. Unfortunately he passed away when I was ten years old and we never discussed his love for food or his recipes. This painful lesson is so obvious when I cook fried chicken (I've only made fried chicken a few times in my entire life) and biscuits. I still struggle with those but finally make some with no written recipe, just throw in the dry ingredients, cut in some fat, bind with buttermilk, gently flatten, cut and bake on a baking stone. I'll talk food with anyone. I've even received some great food tips and recipes while waiting in the grocery store check-out line. My motto: Never let a good food opportunity go to waste. I've even discussed food with my doctor during an exam...we won't go there.