Born in Long Beach, California. Moving to Ohio at age 3. Here I grew up in Maineville where I was encouraged by our high school librarian. Her family owns and operates a restruarant in Morow called Whitakers Oak Hill. It has ben in operation since 1865. She encouraged my interest in cooking during my study hall periods when I went to the library and researched cooking. She even shared a buttermilk fried chicken recipe from her family's treasured recipe secretes. I can say this sparked my life long interest in cooking. Thank you Mrs. Whitaker!
My favorite things to cook
Smoking ribs. Prime rib roast. Rice. Soups. Chili. Pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Buttermilk fried chicken. Corn bread dressing. Chocolate pie. Texas hash. Macaronni and tomatoes.
My cooking triumphs
Key lime pie. Prime rib roast.
My cooking tragedies