Hi, my name is Becky and I am a home cook. I have been married 18 years, have three children, and a German Shepherd. I love to cook. My other loves are family (of course), God, singing, horse riding, scrap-booking among other things. I live in Southern California and have a real passion for food.
Here you will find a collection of recipes I have tried that are new, or old favorites that I want to share. Avgolemono Soup is one of my favorite soups and my children request it often too. Basil Cream Chicken and Warm Italian Style Pasta Salad are also among my top favorites on the blog that I have had in my recipe file for some years now.
My favorite cookbooks or magazines: Cuisine at Home, America’s Test Kitchen Publications, Cook’s Country, Ina Garten’s Cookbooks and program on TV, Good Eats with Alton Brown, Melissa D’Arabian. Internet sites are also a great source of mine with favorites like Pioneer Woman, allrecipes, For the Love of Cooking, Steamy kitchen…
I grew up in Austria. I have added a few Austrian/German recipes over time and have discovered that the internet traffic that finds my blog is because of some of those Austrian dishes. My husband is of German decent and he also has a real love for German foods. I traditionally make German Food on Christmas Eve. I recently took a trip to Austria to visit my brother and sister in law who live there with their 4 wonderful children. My brother from PA and my parents from NJ also made the trip. The photo above is me at Traunsee in Upper Austria (April 2011). I picked up an Austrian cookbook in German there, and hope to add recipes that I translate as I get the inspiration to do so.
As a child, I always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, either with my mother, or at my Grandma Morse’s house in Western Pennsylvania, who was also a wonderful cook. She made the most wonderful pies. I am thankful that the love of cooking gene, if there is such a thing, was passed on to me.
I love to pass on my recipes to my friends – I started to blog because friends continued to ask for one recipe or another. After the movie “Julie and Julia” came out, I started blogging in earnest. Trying to publish a recipe a week on average. I hope you enjoy my blog.
My photography is a work in progress. The camera I use is a well featured point and shoot camera (A Canon PowerShot SX20 IS). I am still learning about getting the lighting right. Some of my early pictures are pretty sad, but we all started somewhere.
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