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I live in the MidWest with my husband of 37 years and our dogs and cat. I serve on a not-for-profit board and participate in other volunteer work in my community along with my career as a skilled nursing home administrator.
I owned my own Victorian gift shop and tea room where I also developed herbal and food products, packaged them and sold them. In addition, I was the chef in the tea room and specialized in preparation of fresh foods as they were ordered and delighting my patrons with homemade pies (crust,filling, topping...the whole enchilada) Cooking is a passion for me and I love to share my ideas with others.
I just put together a recipe booklet featuring 10 of the top cooks in my family - starting with my grandmother. A cookbook was sent to each of my siblings and their children so they could remember and learn about good food and the family members who cooked.
Pet peeves - being told a pie is homemade and discovering that the crust is a premade, commercial crust and the filling is instant pudding.
Favorite cookbook: This is hard as I have over 200 cookbooks but I would say the Better Homes and Gardens Heritage Cook Book published in 1976. This book breaks down the development of America's cooking styles from the Indians and Pilgrims through to the 1930's with tons of history regarding particular recipes. A Not to be Missed Cookbook if you can find it.
homemade ice cream (I am famous for this as I organize and run a Homemade Ice Cream Art & Music Festival every August in Fayette and I personally make 75 gallons of homemade ice cream for this event every year)
Hot bread just out of the oven
I don't have a favorite restaurant as I like to try different places.