I was raised in Indiana, lived in France for a few years, and now I live in Kentucky with my husband and three kids.
Do you eat only organic foods?
In a word, no. However, I love the idea of natural, unprocessed foods. I do not use margarine and never will. I'd much rather use real unsalted, sweet cream butter than half a pound of solidified oils and chemicals that are actually classified as a Group A plastic. Now, that's not to say I never sit down with a family-size bag of Doritos and munch until I want to puke. I have been known to do that.
How long have you been cooking?
I've been cooking since I was a little girl. My love for cooking started with my dear mom, who was a fantastic cook. Lucky for me, my mom was patient enough to let me help in the kitchen as a clumsy kid. I grew up eating fairly "normal" American fare, but my mom and I started experimenting with more exotic ingredients when I was a teenager.
Do you eat meat?
*Update 10/7/13 - Now I've really done it. I have gone total and complete into vegan-ism. And I'm being beyond anal about it. No honey, only vegan breads, nothing from an animal what-so-ever. I'm leaning towards the Forks Over Knives diet, which is vegan without any processed foods or refined foods, such as sugar. Some of this decision was about the animals, because in all reality, dairy cows are treated just as horribly as cattle. It is also in part due to the fact that I want to lose weight, and I'm just not so good at traditional "dieting."
*Update 2/7/13 - I decided to go full frontal vegetarian in mid-2012. I feel so much better physically, and knowing that I'm reducing carbon footprint is great. In addition, none of my food feels pain.
I am what some consider to be a flexitarian, or a semi-vegetarian. Basically, I eat less meat than the average Joe. I love vegetarian foods, but seriously, who doesn't dream in bacon?? Don't worry carnivores - I don't post only vege.
Why do you garden organically?
I started gardening organically after being oh-so influenced by the convenience and effectiveness of the chemicals readily available. I went organic because the food I was growing was also going into my family's bellies and I couldn't stand the thought of my 4-year old plucking a juicy red cherry tomato, laden with chemicals and pesticides, and popping it into her mouth. If you don't garden organically, fear not! I do not judge - I think it's an amazing feat to grow your own, however you chose to do it.
Where do you get the plants for your garden?
I grow all my plants from seed, which saves a ton of money, gives me great satisfaction, and provides an incredible selection of plant varieties to choose from. I'm the nerd who peruses seed catalogs for months before placing my order for spring.
Do you compost?
Yes, we compost our leftovers (except apple cores, which is a favorite treat of our one-eyed Basset hound, Sobe). All food scraps go into the compost bin. We also recycle our garbage.