I was born and raised in West Yorkshire in beautiful England (the land of fish and chips and Yorkshire puddings.) I came to America in 1990 and became a citizen in 2000. I am married and have three beautiful daughters. One is out on her own with my ever so funny three year old granddaughter, and my youngest 10 year old identical twin girls are at home.
Being raised by British parents, I grew up being a meat and potatoes kind of kid. I watched my mum and grandmother´┐Żs cook wholesome, delicious and comforting meals with the simplest and freshest ingredients.
I have been cooking since I was about 12 years old. Most days before school I would prepare breakfast for my parents and younger sister. A simple breakfast of soft boiled eggs, cereal, orange juice and maybe tea or coffee for mum and dad. On one weekend day, I would make my parents breakfast in bed, which is a memory that will never be forgotten (sometimes complete with a flower in a vase.)
The first "big" dish I ever made, aside from stuffed apples and rice Krispy treats, was dinner I brought home after Home Economics cla
ss (I think my mum and dad had to pay five British pounds for this to happen)! It was Moussaka. A Greek eggplant dish that they rave about to this day! And, I think it was the only time I ever tried eggplant until I married my Italian husband some 30 years later.
When I came to America at the age of 29, little did I know that my passion for food and cooking would explode in leaps and bounds, experiencing culturally diverse flavors and textures that I never knew existed in England.
For the past 15 years I have made a successful career in the food industry as a caterer and food service manager working with a diverse crowd of people. It is the people that inspire me the most. I love to learn about their heritage and traditions as far as cooking goes and I am always looking for new and inventive adaptations of recipes gone by.
As editor of American Regional Cuisine I will bring you a little tidbit of information with each recipe from the regions of America, also incorporating fresh, local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible.
Please bookmark my site and visit me often. I would like to get to know you and what you grew up eating and experiencing in the kitchen with your family.
Do email me any time with your questions or suggestions and unless I´┐Żm eating something, I will answer you....just kidding!
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