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Culinary school drop-out (happy cook)!
My name is Meg, as my public name might suggest. So far, I've been a cook my whole life, at home and in restaurants, and was raised in a restaurant/bakery as well. At the moment, I'm working in a bustling bakery in my small town. I recently married the man of my dreams, who I met in high school in a restaurant prep course. We both went to college for Culinary Arts/Chef Training, but neither found the program very satisfying. As it stands, we're both happiest cooking, so long as it's not in a college kitchen lab.
I've been nosing around 'Zaar since I was about 13 or 14, and it's been a huge source of learning for me, back when I didn't even know what a roux was, haha. If you've seen me around before, I'm the former SugarMegnolia.
When I'm not cooking or baking, I'm an avid music fan (old-time, bluegrass and folk, mostly), enormously so when it comes to John Prine. I play fiddle, mountain dulcimer and acoustic guitar
I also love antiquing, one of my favourite past times with my dad - I have a ton of antique cookware, cookbooks (one from the 1840s!), other hobbies are sewing (needlework in general), reading, gardening.
My favourite foods are... Chicken and dumplings, pinto beans and rice (or butter beans), gumbo, pulled pork, sourdough breads, pasta fazool, cabbage rolls (and all of their variants), all kinds of hearty soups, and pasta and cauliflower (old family dish on my Italian side).
I love cooking different ethnic foods, but my favourites are Southern U.S. (all styles, but especially Appalachian), and Italian. Good, old-fashioned homestyle food (upscale or not) is the stuff of dreams.
I'm also working on getting Paula Deen to adopt me. If not, I'll take Ina Garten any day.