First a disclaimer: I am not your typical grandma (even though I kinda look like it).
I am still sort of a hippy with a smart alec attitude, definite political opinions (which I shall keep to myself) and a love of cooking, stories, and my two grandkids. I heart them.
I am a semi-retired art teacher and still catch myself “teaching” whether you want to learn anything or not. Just ask my gkids…or my daughter for that matter! I try not to lecture, just share what I love and the stories that go with the recipes. I still live like a gypsy although I finally bought a house with an apple tree and a garden, converted the garage into an art studio, and expect to live here happily ever after. I believe in the faeries that live in my garden under the apple tree, muses, and things that go bump in the night. I am weird like that.
After living and teaching in Italy for a year, and travel teaching around Europe, I finally moved up to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family. It’s not only a beautiful place to live, teach, paint and cuddle the gkids…it’s a great foodie place. The emphasis on organic, local, sustainable foods is a bonus. Farmer’s markets, fresh caught fish and seafood, wild blackberries and huckleberries, and backyard gardens abound. I try to take advantage of all that food and family loveliness. I like to try to make food fun, tasty, simple, and to look beautiful as well. (It’s the artist in me).
Mostly I am irreverent and always looking for ways to be more creative. Teaching gkids to cook is a family tradition and, trust me…you have to get very creative when there are kids in the kitchen. I am not a professional cook by any means, but between my own Grandma Ruby’s recipes, and what I’ve learned about food and cooking in my travels…I have a lot of experience.
Visit often for some good food fun, some funny stories, (the flops and the failures too) and a great way to pass it on.