experiments in cooking

About the Author

Resolved: to become a skilled homestyle cook. I can’t quilt, but doggone it, I’m going to become a real cook.

About me: I live in Lincoln, Neb. with my husband, dogs, and two young sons. I dream of being a good cook, but it’s going to be a long, long road.

At my day job, I am an RFP/bid manager and write sales proposals for HR software. And when I can, I browse through cookbooks and on the Internet, and talk with friends, looking for good recipes.

My favorite food is pizza. My favorite category of foods is baked goods. Before losing 50 pounds between August 2009 and August 2010, I was addicted to cinnamon rolls and donuts. I’m probably still addicted, but I don’t eat the donuts anymore. I do eat orange sweet rolls once a week, on Saturdays. That keeps me going.

The dishes I cook best have been fried pork chops and gravy, pot roast and gravy (notice the gravy theme?), French toast (so many people ruin it), and–yes–the simple grilled cheese. If you think that’s impossible to ruin, picture soggy bread and unmelted cheese–you get the picture. I once vomited up a bad one myself.

Can you eat all the food you like and lose or maintain weight? Yes, you can! I intend to eat everything I cook, and stay in the healthy range for my height. I’ve been doing this successfully for months. And that’s not easy, when you’re only 5 feet 3 inches tall. My advice: Portion control. Moderation. Intuitive Eating.

The hobby that absorbs most of my time is reading books. I can’t express just how much I love books. Now, if I can harness the passion I have for books and channel some of it into cooking, I just might be unstoppable in the kitchen.

Wish me luck. And pray for my family, who will have to eat it all.

Comments on: "About the Author" (3)

  1. Marilyn Hill said:

    Hi, Sarah. This is Aunt Marilyn. How are you and Chris, the boys and the dogs? This is the first time I have checked your blog since Christmas, but I am in a cooking mood and playing on the computer. I am making a Tres-Leches-Cake for Mark’s wife, Anna. They will be here in Pinetop for Thanksgiving and it is her birthday. I “practiced” Sunday for the church potluck T’giving dinner, but now I’ve found a more reliable recipe at Pioneer Woman cooking blog.

    Anyway, happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    Much love,
    Aunt Marilyn

    • I hope you have a good visit with Anna and Mark–and that the cake turns out wonderful! I just figured out snickerdoodles for this year’s holiday season, after two failed batches where they didn’t puff up; apparently my baking soda was dead, because for my third batch I switched to baking powder, and that did the trick!

      Have you read any good books lately? Of the ones I’ve read this fall, there are four I’d recommend to you. Have you read the novel The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig? I think you’d love it. I also enjoyed The Inklings, a biography about C.S. Lewis and Tolkien and their group of friends, by Humphrey Carpenter; the novel The Stone Angel by Canadian author Margaret Laurence; and a memoir called The Jew Store, about a Jewish family running a store in east Tennessee in the 1920s, by Stella Suberman.

  2. Just read your zucchini bread blog after searching “peel zucchini for bread?” I am 55 and a doctor so don’t feel bad! Laughed hysterically!!!! Love it. I will not peel.

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