Since I was a young girl I was always involved in what was going on in the kitchen. My mom definitely inspired my interest in cooking and baking. I remember being upstairs and hearing the pressure cooker whistling and smell the savory spices of her famous roast beef sandwiches. I wanted one day to be a chef.
For career day in elementary school I borrowed my mom's uniform from the bakery she worked at and wore it proudly to class. In junior high I joined the after school cooking club and ended up getting the Home Ec award. I was so honored! In high school I began baking cookies regularly and would bring tupperware full of cookies and hand them out to everyone. Everyone told me I should be a chef. I was sorta shy in high school and found this to be a way to connect with the people I always wanted to talk to. Junior and senior year I completed the Culinary Arts program they offered at the local community college. It was an interesting experience... After trimming the fat off huge slabs of meat, I knew i had no interest in becoming a typical chef. We did a lot of cake decorating and pastries and I always enjoyed that the most. I also joined the Cooking Club of America and am now what they call a "lifetime member." which means I got an apron with my name on it, their magazine subscription for life, a bakeware set, and other cool stuff. I recommend it. www.cookingclub.com
My mom and i loved watching Martha Stewart together and seeing all her "good things." I noticed she often had children as guests on her show and so I thought maybe I would write her a letter and see if I could make my much loved Pizza Cookie recipe as her guest on her show. Sent the letter. Got one back. Told all my friends. Come to find out, I ended up being added to her "files" in case she needed me someday.. sad. So I formed my own cooking club in high school to respond to all the requests from friends, "Teach me how to cook!" And the adventure began... I was Chef Teebs.Nowadays, I'm busy busy in the kitchen, concocting vegetarian recipes of all kinds. I'm on a kick right now going through all my cut-out-of-magazine recipes i've been collecting all these years and tossing them if they are no good and discovering variations and twists to make them even better. Join me as I embark on this flavorful scrumptious journey.. mmm.. mmm. mmmmm!