About Heather

Shopping at the Farmers Market

I am a daughter, sister and aunt living in north county San Diego.  I began cooking when I was six.  My first cookbook, “Meals in Many Lands”, was a gift from my “Auntie Roxann” and introduced me to different types of foods, cultures and recipes.  The first cookbook I ever bought was, “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook” chock full of kid-friendly recipes which I happily made and my family (thankfully) choked down.  I still have both of theses cookbooks and in fact, my niece cooks from them now.  (Which is how I know my family humored me and ate the “Thumper’s Tuna-Noodle Casserole” regardless of the taste.  Thanks family!)

I am still an avid collector of cookbooks and have tried at least one recipe from each (I have over 50).  I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly drawn to any one type of food and my mom – although an excellent cook who taught me the basics– isn’t one of these women who has a ton of “old world recipes” in her back pocket.  I try what sounds good, looks pretty or seems fairly easy to make.  By no means am I a gourmet chef.  When pressed to name my favorite type of food I will probably admit that I love pub food – not exactly haute cuisine here!

In fact, at the ripe old age of 23 I declared that, “I’m not a cook – I just make food.”  Since then I have discovered that cooking is actually my creative outlet and have been known to spend an entire weekend in the kitchen just experimenting.  I love to entertain and my way of making guests feel welcome and special is to create an atmosphere where all of the senses are satisfied.

Now that I cook for a family, I’ve learned to adapt my recipes so that everyone can enjoy them – which means eliminating the onions (or cutting them small so that I can sneak them in), finding new ways to include tomatoes so they are eaten and trying my best to camouflage the chard.

I am constantly learning and I hope that you can learn with me!

Thanks,
Heather

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3 comments on “About Heather

  1. auntie roxann
    October 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    I’m so excited about your blog and being mentioned as an influence. looking forward to sharing. love you auntie rox

  2. Rob Brunner
    November 2, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    Love the blog, Heather! I wish you much success…

  3. Hillarie Nickerson
    November 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Love the blog Heather! Can’t wait to try your shepards pie!

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