Tuesday, January 1, 2008

About Me


Hi!
My name is Debby, and I  live on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula of California.  I am married, and have a grown son.  I often refer to them as "my boys" or "my men".  They are my honest food critics, and very often my inspiration when I cook or bake. Like so many other bloggers, mine was originally started as a way to organize and share recipes with friends.

Over the last couple of years, my blog has evolved into a format of sharing step-by-step photos on how I made a recipe.  I'm so highly visual, that I hope my instructions will inspire someone to try one of my recipes-- and that it will give them the confidence to do it. Most of my German recipes were taught to me, by my "Mutti".  If I use a recipe from another cookbook, blogger or Food Network, I will always reference that. 

My cooking influences:
My mother's family owned restaurants, in Bavaria, for generations and she was an excellent cook herself. As a little girl, I always wanted to own an Easy Bake Oven, but, my "Mutti" insisted that I learn how to use a real oven.  That's where my love of baking got started.  I had to help my mom to cook for our family when I was as young as eight years old. At the time, I wasn't happy about it. Little did I know that, as I matured, I would grow to love being in the kitchen whipping up savory and sweet creations.

 Here I am, age 16 years old, in my mother's Bavarian Delicatessen & Gift Shop

My father was Latino, and I can recall childhood trips to my "Nana's" small ranch, where I'd watch her make homemade tortillas and refried beans.   Hence, I love both Mexican and German food. I adore Italian cooking, and am  learning how to make my own pasta. I'm at the infant stage of learning to make more Asian and Indian food, but I just keep trying new things.

My current style of cooking:
Over the last 10 years, I have eliminated buying most processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and mixes.  I admit, though, that sugar is something that has a home here. I love to make desserts, but I give a lot of it away-- after just a taste, that is. I've become more aware of where my food is grown, and how my animal proteins were raised. I am fortunate that I live in one of the richest agricultural areas on the planet-- the Salinas Valley of California.

To sum up my cooking--  most of my recipes are simple, unpretentious comfort home cooking. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can figure out how to make ingredients, that I once bought at the grocery store-- things like homemade jams, BBQ sauces, pasta and bread-- and much more.  Once in a while, I like to challenge myself by trying to recreate a restaurant-quality meal that looks and tastes gourmet.

A fun opportunity to meet and briefly chat with Food Network's Celebrity Chef, Tyler Florence, at the Harvest Festival in Carmel Valley, 2009

Just jump in and do it:
I started this blog, in 2008, because I wanted to document how to make the German recipes that my mother taught me to make.  I learned them the same way her mother taught her-- by watching, and never measuring.  I have family members and friends, who would ask me for the recipes and I didn't have any written ones to share!  I've spent time "eyeballing" and then measuring the ingredients, so that I can share with my readers how to make some of our favorite dishes like "Austrian Goulash", or my mother's famous German Potato Salad.  I used to post recipes daily, then every other day.  Lately, I can only post on weekends, because my job keeps me busy and I don't have the energy to blog on work nights.

Photography:
I aspire to achieve the level of photography that I see with some of the "Divas" of food blogger world.  I finally upgraded to a Canon Rebel T1I, in November of 2010.  It's a lot different than a point-and-shoot, and I have a lot more of the bells and whistles to learn.   I can't give any dazzling advice on photography, except that I've learned to never use flash when photographing food. I try to shoot with natural light, whenever possible. In the winter months, I have a professional light/stand that my husband has given to me on "permanent loan".  My food photos haven't been "styled"-- heck, no!  Usually, my family is hungry and I have to plate, shoot and serve as quickly as I can!

My food aversions:  I become frustrated with picky eaters.  Yet, I find that are a few things I simply don't like. Believe me, I've tried to overcome my aversions, and I won't give up. Still no luck in liking:
  • Goat cheese, though I keep trying different versions. No luck, still.  (my taste buds are turned off by the strong flavor)
  • Butternut or acorn squash (I've drenched this in honey and all kinds of herbs, but to no avail.) My palate still says "ew"  I will eat it, though, if I'm a dinner guest.
  • Liver. 'Nuff said (though I occasionally enjoy pate or liverwurst)
  • Watermelon (very un-American, I know).  My tastes buds say "why"? 
  • Garbanzo beans  (my taste buds say "boring" and funky texture)
  • Falafel (see above bullet)
  • Stuffing (very odd. I make great stuffing, but it does nothing for me. It must be  texture thing)
My food (and sometimes "guilty" pleasures - Things that I crave, indulge in or struggle to resist:


OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION: 


I owned 5 horses over a period of 35 years--A Quarterhorse, and then Arabians. I used to compete at horse shows, and later I became an avid trail rider.   As my horses became old, and finally went to the pasture in the sky, I didn't replace them. Finally, my last horse-- Savannah Sue-- became too old to ride.  She spent the last two years of her life living on a ranch and enjoying the retirement that she deserved. I lost her in June of 2010.  I miss her terribly, but my saddle and reins are put away for good.

My husband and I travel as often as we can. I was once a travel agent, for 15 years, and I've visited some exotic places from South America to Iceland.  I've visited very few parts of the United States, so that is where most of our travels tend to lead us.



PLEASE DON'T COPY
Unfortunately, I am finding that my photos are being copied and used on other blogs. This makes my otherwise very cheerful personality, very unhappy. If you like my photo, and want to "steal it", so that you can use it on your own website, why not email me and ask if you can use it? I will usually say "yes", as long as you link the photo back to the blog post where you found it-- and please, do not remove my watermarks! This makes me very upset, and I will have no option but to report the photos and take legal action.
I share recipes so that others can enjoy them. I'm honored if you want to share a recipe that I posted, as long as you link back to me. Is that so hard? Some of my recipes are originals, others are from other sources-- and I always list the recipe source because this is common courtesy. But it you break the rules, this is also copyright infringement. Please don't make me "go there" if you steal my work.
Ask me, by emailing me at foodiewife@gmail.com
Thank you!



CONTACT ME:
If I can answer any questions for you, my email contact is  foodiewife@gmail.com. 

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