Cooking Contest Beginning
I am fortunate to have won several national cooking contests. This has allowed me to be the first to create interesting recipes like Blueberry-Almond Baklava with Orange Blossom Honey Syrup.
I have spent over 20 years living in the beautiful state of Kansas with my husband. We raised three incredible daughters. I enjoy the sunshine, open skies, slower pace, and sense of family that is so common here in The Sunflower State. I spent portions of my life on the East Coast from South Carolina up to New Jersey and those regions have influenced my tastes as well.
My cooking contest wins led me to some fantastic places around the country. I have made amazing friends and met a few Famous Chefs too!
My Vintage Cookbook Library
I have been collecting cookbooks and recipes since I was 8 years old (that was in the early 1980s). The collection has grown to over 2,000 but who's counting? Every time I find an old cookbook that I haven't seen before, I get a little twinkle in my heart.
The Familiar, Made New.
I like to bring old recipes back to life with new ideas and updated ingredients. I'm often asked, "How old is a book for it to be considered Vintage?" The answer is 20 years. Any book published before the year 2003, is vintage! I like to focus on vintage from the 1960s to the 1990s.
All of the recipes on this blog are either straight from the book, my new creations, or spins on classic recipes. Some are from recipe cards or clipped newspaper articles.
I will do my best to find the original source. I will usually only offer a few recipes from each book, in the spirit of Fair Use for the purposes of teaching and commentary. I will always provide full attribution and any links if available.
B.A. Degree in Mass Media from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. 2010
Certificate in Fine Pastry from The French Pastry School, Chicago, Illinois. 2007
As an entrepreneur and creative home cook, I’m always interested in new opportunities and helping people feel joyful in the kitchen.
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