About the Author

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.

I make every attempt to give credit where credit is due when I use or adapt a recipe from another source. In the event that I have used your recipe and you would like it removed, please e-mail me directly.  Any food photography found within the posts is the author’s original work and protected by copyright, please do not use it without permission.  If you use a recipe found here, please give both this site and my source credit where credit is due.  Images may be pinned or shared on other social media, but please be sure they link back to the original post.  Comments are always welcome, but are subject to moderation.  In the event that you would like to reach the author directly, please comment on any post or e-mail dianadishes@gmail.com .  I am also available on Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks so much for reading!


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