My earliest food memory is peeking over the cutting board to watch my great grandmother (Grandma King) prep all her ingredients for homemade mac and cheese. She was an amazing cook who’d come up to Seattle, from San Francisco, and stay with us each summer. Everything she made was amazing. My paternal grandmother (Noni) came from a Mediterranean background so watching her pull homemade phyllo dough and roll it into amazing pastries was pure entertainment for me. My mom and her mom were big bakers-cookies, brownies, cakes, bagels, Danish, breads, you name it-it was always homemade at our house. Each week my grandma would send my mom an envelope full of recipes she’d clipped from newspapers and magazines (granted she only lived about 15 miles away). From the time I could read I was loving these clippings and devouring cookbooks. My absolute favorite was the Betty Crocker Cooky Book. The technicolor cookies were stunning to a kid, I wanted to make each and every one (and I think we almost did).
I think everyone who has a passion for cooking remembers an early love for recipes.
I read the January newsletter from Mary Risley, owner of (my employer) Tante Marie’s Cooking School and I loved it. Mary, an inspiration to me, is someone I’ve known for 12 years . I have heard many stories of her family and her time growing up in New York and Toronto. What I never knew was where she got her earliest cooking inspiration. The photos she includes of her plastic covered sheets of recipe clippings made me smile (one of them is above). I encourage you to read the newsletter here. Not only will you learn a few new things about Mary but you’ll get an amazing recipe for Duck with Pomegranate Glaze from the new Insalata’s Mediterranean Table cookbook.
I’d love to know where your earliest cooking inspiration came from…