I grew up in my granny’s kitchen watching her cook from the time she held me on her hip, to when I was sitting on the counter all on my own, to the age where I was helping her cook. My grandparents came from a time where they either raised or shot what they ate, and my parents did a little of that as well. A lot of what I do comes from years of absorbing what I saw, and I usually don’t have to think much about what I do. I’ve also watched a lot of Food Network and other cooking programs and have picked up ideas as I have gone along.
I was introduced to Bountiful Baskets a year and a half ago and within a few months, I was running our town’s third weekly site. I enjoy talking to other participants about how they use the produce, and have learned many good ideas from our talks. The thing that I regret most about running a site is that I don’t have enough time to share with participants the numerous ways they can use that basket item that they just can’t figure out or just don’t like. This is the main reason I have started blogging. I hope my ideas can help those participants reach out of their comfort zone and try something new and love it.
Bountiful Baskets has helped my children have a more well-rounded diet than a lot of adults I know, and I am grateful for that. My friends are always amazed at what I cook at home, and I hope my blogs can help them see how easy these dishes are to make for their own families.
Running an early morning site (I’m there at 5 A.M.) is not always easy with two small children, but it honestly makes my day to bring those baskets to my community. It always makes me smile when I can share an idea with a participant on how to use something “new.” So don’t be afraid to think outside the box!