Sunday, September 28, 2008

Really Good Recipes

I published my first cookbook in 2000. It was a collection of all my favorite recipes. I wrote it for two reasons: I love to cook and share my recipes, and my daughters had moved away from home and kept calling me for my recipes.

I lived in Chicago for 33 years and I'm a Midwest meat-and-potatoes type of cook. I moved to San Antonio four years ago (after both my daughters moved here) and began exploring what the city had to offer. I totally love Tex-Mex food. I've written a new cookbook, Foods and Flavors of San Antonio, that will be published in March 2009 by Pueblo Publishing.

Since Really Good Recipes is now out-of-print, I've decided to republish it with Copper Canyon Cookbooks. Don't have a pub date yet, but I do have the cover. I created this blog to share some of the recipes with you.

To me, the kitchen is the heart of the home. More than meals are made there; delicious and wonderful magic and warmth and love are created there, right along with the food, especially when the cooking and eating of meals is shared with friends and family. It's the secret ingredient that every cook knows makes a meal a magical feast.

My favorite thing to do, especially on a Sunday afternoon, is to putz around in my kitchen and create recipes from scratch with whatever I have on hand. I hardly ever follow a recipe. I think about what I'd like to make for dinner, then I imagine in my mind what the finished dish will look like and taste like, and I take it from there.

You are my welcome guest here. I invite you into the heart of my home--my kitchen. Come on in, pull up a chair, and have dinner with me.