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Married to a talented,wonderful man with a singing voice that could melt butter on ice. He is my best friend and my biggest cheerleader in all that I seek to do. We have been married 24 years this Feb of 2005.And together we have 4 boy's aged from 21-9. We live on the central coast from originally the central valley of california. Although it is beautiful here it is expensive and we miss the special friends we left. We now know that the beauty of your surroundings can only take you so far,eventually life finds you no matter the paradise you live.
The thing that brings me joy is to see the expressions on peoples faces when they are enjoying what was prepared. Especially when I bring some goodies to a group function and people are not expecting it. People really do appreciate when we give of ourselves in cooking.
I have learned a lot while cooking for various functions and groups at my church as well as for friends parties in the past. One is not to PANIC when things do't go as planned. Iv'e learned the art of improvision with grace. Most importantly, as long as I am cooking with love and putting my heart into it the end result will come together in spite of all the stress I expend. Better to ride the wave and enjoy the scenery.
My passion? To make people feel at home and welcome no matter where we are together,the best way to do that is with food and the personal touches that come with hospitality and making people you serve feel special.
Beyond that I like to write, usually as things come to me. I am not a very organized writer,although I am trying to dicipline myself to be, yet not loose the freedom of my writing.
My pet peeve.. I don't have my husbands metabolism, he can eat and not gain weight...and people who think they are better than someone else and show it with arrogance and rudness, people in all social classes and races fall into that trap.
Let's start with what I don't like. EggPlant,
Boston Cream Pie the only good pie at Marie Callanders..used to be until they stopped making it.
Mexican and Italian both of which I love to cook.
Most Fruits, especially strawberries.
Grilled foods such as chicken, grilled veggies, tri-tip though not a big beef eater.
Too many others to list,, lest we forget the Chocolate Chip Cookie of course. I am on the ever moving search for the perfect oatmeal cookie, one that is soft yet not cakie, chewy but not thin. Bakery like. If it is out there..I will find it, I know.