I’ve spent over 30 years collecting recipes and cookbooks-old and new.
Most recipes are pretty straight-forward and success happens with patience, techniques and learning the basic components of ingredients and flavor. I am fortunate to have won several national cooking contests. This gives me the opportunity to be the first to create interesting things like Blueberry-Almond Baklava with Orange Blossom Honey Syrup.
I hope to share my love of recipes with new cooks to the kitchen, as well as experienced cooks I’ve met along the way. The Vintage Cook features recipes from THEN & NOW, usually a little of both.
I grew up in the South and moved to Kansas 15 years ago. I love the sunshine, people, and sense of family that are so common here. I enjoy going for long walks, visiting small towns, and perusing antique stores with my mom (Mema) for hidden treasures.
Married to my best friend, “Mr. Smith,” for 17 years and counting, we are busy parents raising our daughters Eileen (14) and Laura (13) and putting our oldest Julia through college. We have a big pound puppy named Bindi and a Miniature Schnauzer named Heidi.
After many years working as a stay-at-home mom, I went back to college and earned a B.A. degree in Mass Media from Washburn University. With my theatre background, a degree in Mass Media, and my love of cooking, it’s no surprise I’d marry all three into this passion called “The Vintage Cook.” (established 2007).
As an entrepreneur and creative home cook, I’m always interested in new opportunities as well as helping people succeed in the kitchen. Feel free to contact me anytime.