Since an early age, my passion has been creating dishes with abundant flavor in the kitchen. When asked by friends and acquaintances where I went to chef school, I have to be honest and tell them my talents must be God given gift.
I have had the privilege to work with a few amazing chefs over the years, and am grateful for the experience. However, I truly believe my talent of seasoning a dish perfectly the first time and every time comes from a power much bigger than the whole of us combined.
My recipe for a happy hangs on a plaque in my kitchen: Live well, Laugh often, Love much!
My favorite things to cook
I love it when I can transform an everyday meal into something spectacular. I just love to create. Period.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Learning my mom's canning recipes that were handed down to her from her mom, my beautiful and talented grandmother! The Pickled Beets from the Matanuska Valley that mom & I "put up" in the fall are indescribable!
My cooking triumphs
I am a master of soups.
My cooking tragedies
Yikes! When I was young and dumb, I ruined a Copper River Red Salmon Chowder by using hickory smoked bacon instead of salt pork. Yuck!!! It was a huge batch made with an entire Copper River Red Salmon. I flushed the entire batch and couldn't bring myself to make it again until the following season.