Hi – welcome to my kitchen. I write about the light and dark sides of food.
My title is “Neurotic Food Whisperer.” I’m a hopeless foodie.
Yes, it’s a cliché, but our kitchens really are the heart of our homes. When you walk in the door and the scent of freshly baked bread greets you, it’s a warm embrace. Ditto for the spicy aroma of a stew or soup or the sweet tang of a cobbler. And if there are warm cookies on the counter, life is really good!
If you’d like a peek into some of the decorative painting projects in my home, check this out: http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/decorative-painting-in-our-home/ I’ll be adding more in the future, so check back now and then.
My hope is that this blog will be a resource for you on your quest for healthy, fun and tasty foods.
I baked my first cookies 50 years ago and never looked back. My mother often relied on me to bake cookies or birthday cakes for one of my seven sisters.
Our household was hectic and chaotic, partly because of the sheer number of people (and animals) and partly because my parents thought organization was for sissies.
When I got married in the mid-‘70’s I possessed a dozen brownie recipes and one new cookbook. I realized I had a lot to learn and began to read and research cooking methods and healthy ingredients. My husband and I ran a little radio station in the Chippewa National Forest, in Minnesota, so I had a lot of quiet time while the music was playing and I used it to read cookbooks. I started collecting them while looking for recipes for specific ingredients like honey, oats, nuts or blueberries.
I worked in radio for many years and then completed a master of science in journalism and public relations when our three kids hit grade school. My career path then changed to public relations, but the pace was no less frenzied.
About eight years ago I left public relations and worked as a decorative artist. My soul was longing for a change of pace and it filled the bill. I hope you visit my page on the decorative techniques in my home. It only shows a few, but it will give you an idea of how much fun I had.
I do understand what it’s like to work full time and shuttle kids and still want to feed them healthy food.
Our kids have all grown and gone and we now have five grandkids. (As of November 20, 2011) My favorite times are when they all come home for a weekend (or longer) and we spend time cooking, eating, laughing, talking and arguing together.
Please leave comments and questions so that we can learn from each other.
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