I've always loved preparing and serving food. From age 11 I was baking bread from the "Joy of Cooking" cook book. For my eighth grade speech class I gave a demonstration on how to bake bread. Through the years I've picked up and perused cook books. I was always intrigued with my mother's "Ladies Home Journal" magazines for the recipes. In my early twenties I started making candies and cookies to give to people as presents for Christmas because I could not afford to buy gifts. Thirty years later, when I show up at Christmas parties people still want to know, "Where's the toffee?"
I've been fortunate to work in exceptionally good restaurants -- the Jersey Lilly in El Paso and the Old Pecan Street Cafe in Austin -- where I learned more about the art and chemistry of foods from very talented chefs. I've also been blessed to have friends who are extraordinary cooks. Some of the best times of my life have been spent around the table with these people on many occasions in their homes or great restaurants.
Like it says on my label: Love, laughter and the smells of good cooking: That's what life is all about!