Ten things you never knew you never knew about me:
1. I collect cookbooks. It’s become an almost obsession, really. While I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends and family who graciously keep me in a supply of new favorites, I love to comb used book stores and library book sales so that I can make one person’s junk another person’s treasure. My favorite such “treasure” is a cookbook featuring recipes from the governor of each state in 1985 to celebrate my hometown’s bicentennial.
2. I am blessed with a family full of people who can cook and who love to discuss food and cooking. I feel like I leave every get-together with a new kitchen tip. Which is better than leaving every get-together with a headache.
3. I had started a list of 30 things I wanted to make while I was 30. That came and went, and then 31 came and went. As I’ve broadened my cooking horizons, I stopped keeping track. I still kind of have a list in my mind of things I’ve never made that I’d like to, but that list keeps getting shorter so either that’s progress or my memory’s starting to go.
4. I graduated from college with a BA in Psychology. I had every intention of going out and helping to decipher what’s wrong with the world. That didn’t work out, so I decided I would go back to school and work on an MA in English Lit with the hopes of teaching someday. That didn’t work out either. Someday, I’ll figure out what I want to be when I grow up but for right now, I’m content.
5. Photography is my passion. I’m still finding my eye, and I’m still honing my skills, but I love it, and few things make me as happy as photography does. I love the way it feels to be a part of something, to have people trust you with their precious memories. I love designing albums, and seeing the way the pictures tell a story without saying a word. I’m pretty good with portraits and chasing around giggling children.
6. Writing is what I do when I’m cheating on photography.
7. Among my other hobbies are: reading, hiking, movies, music, and theatre. Some people say I lack focus. I like to think I’m well-rounded, and a hell of a conversationalist. I also make time for drinks with friends, all of whom I love more than they know for putting up with all of my adventures and supporting my endeavors no matter how crazy my mother thinks I am. Although, sometimes my mother is correct, but I digress.
8. I have a cat, Maggie, who thinks she is my sous-chef and personal assistant. She is named after Maggie the Cat, in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and was a gift from one of my best friends. One of my favorite things about her is that she doesn’t mind when I swear in the kitchen. That happens a lot.
9. I will never forget the first cooking show I ever watched. It was Julia Child, and I was 8 years old. She was making a pounded–out turkey breast, stuffing it, and then sewing the breast around the stuffing with kitchen twine. I believe some kind of duck liver was involved, possibly a predecessor to the “turducken.” My father entered the room and exclaimed, “What is she making? Is that a turkey pocketbook?” While I have never made this “turkey pocketbook,” I think I might like to someday, for nostalgia’s sake.
10. I do not have a favorite book, song, musical act, play, movie, or recipe. That would be like asking a mother to choose which of her children she likes best. I do, however, have a favorite color. Blue.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of useless facts. More importantly, I hope you enjoy my chronicles of what’s for dinner, and how it made it to the table.
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