Moved to Louisville last year after living in Tennesee all of my life. Did this to be closer to my awesome boyfriend of 3 years. That 3 hour drive for the long distance relationship on weekend was getting old and I was ready for a change. I worked in veterinary medicine as a licensed technician for close to ten years. After moving to Louisville I decided to pursue a career change that would still utilize my strengths in multi tasking and organization that was sans the emotional toil of caring for sick and hurt animals and their caregivers. I landed a job as a project coordinator for a cable design company. It pays the bills and funds the fun stuff... cooking and pottery habits.
My favorite things to cook
I'm not a vegetarian but might as well be...I'm so glad summer is here...thank goodness for the Farmer's Market and all the fresh local veggies...I can make a salad of almost anything. I really love experimenting with all the natural flavors you can get from carefully selected lettuces and great vinagrettes. I'm still a southern girl at heart though and nothing says comfort to me like homemade chicken and dumplings, smothered collard greens and a big crock pot of pinto beans!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Granny's fried apple pies...cooked in lard...heavenly good. My mom's famous homemade peanut butter fudge that's available every year only at Christmas. My sister's baked beans...with plenty of little smokies and brown sugar...noone else makes baked beans as good as her.
My cooking triumphs
I love to make Chicken Cordon Bleu and frequently experiment with variations on it. But my best thing per the awesome boyfriend thus far is my Foccacia bread and cupcakes. I make a mean "Yetti" cupcake complete with shredded coconut flakes!
My cooking tragedies
Apple pie is my Everest right now...I have yet to master getting the top crust to look perfectly criss-crossed after baking...not mention that time I failed to recognize that if using only tart Granny Smith Apples you should use all of that sugar the recipe calls for if you want a sweeter tasting pie!