Welcome to The Whisk And The Spoon!
Although I am not a classically trained chef I love to cook and bake From a young age I learned to love creating things in the kitchen. My maternal Grandmother was an excellent cook – good old farm cooking with a Southern flair was her specialty. She lived on a farm, where my Grandparents raised their own vegetables, chickens and beef. My Mom learned to cook and bake from her, and passed that knowledge on to me. My cooking philosophy and eating habits reflect my love of travel and other cultures. When I am not in the kitchen I am probably taking photos, growing vegetables, or planning my next travel adventure.
I was raised on a farm, and learned good old farm cooking/baking from a very early age. I was in 4-H and over the years earned numerous blue ribbons on the baking and sewing projects I entered at the county fair. I was most often in the kitchen alongside my Mom, making her specialties like oven fried chicken with gravy, cinnamon rolls, and chocolate layer cake. Every weekend we also made homemade bread – enough to last the family of 5 for the week.
When I married and had two wonderful children, Amber and Chris, they both learned my love for the culinary arts. I do have to admit that both of them have always been a bit more adventurous in the kitchen than I am. They would ‘create’ a dish for dinner, while I would pull out a family recipe and ‘make’ the dish. Over the years I have learned from them, and they from me.
In creating this blog, our goal is to share with all of you our love for creating really good food. Food that you can be proud to share with your family and friends, and that will make your dinner table a place to visit over a delicious meal. I find that when you create a meal that is delicious AND you have taken the time to make the presentation attractive, you create an atmosphere that encourages pleasant conversation. You don’t have to spend a lot of time in preparation – some of our recipes are very easy – but I believe it is important that you select good, wholesome, fresh ingredients and that you prepare them with care. My Mom taught me that the preparation of a meal for your family or guests was an act of love. We want to share that love with all of you.
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