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About the Cook

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I really love food.

My mom says one of my first words was “chicken” (said with an exclamation point).

I guess even then I was a foodie.

I love food, it’s definitely a passion for me. I love the taste and texture and smell of it. To me, food is art and cooking is a creative outlet that I’m becoming more and more addicted to.

There are definitely some major influences in my life that until recently I didn’t even realize had shaped my food obsession. One that comes to mind is my high school boyfriend’s mom. She had her own garden and grew fresh veggies which she incorporated into every dinner. She was a great cook and made the most amazing salads and homemade salad dressings. She also made really good cakes (7-up cake…mmmm) and cookies. Her popovers were delicious and she used to make these waffles with a “bacon surprise” inside, oh man…they were insanely good. I asked her a lot of questions about food and she would always patiently answer them and let me eat dinner at her house every night. Between myself, my boyfriend and his brother, we really did eat her out of house and home. Ahhh….those were the days…

Moving to Santa Barbara in my early twenties was also another strong influence on my foodienes. If you are familiar with Santa Barbara you can attest to this. The restaurant scene is such a competitave environment, it’s sink or swim in SB. Too many locals there are used to good food, so if you don’t cut it, you fail, and a new chef/restaurant/concept/cuisine is waiting to take your place. This is bad for someone trying to get a new business off the ground but very good for us diners. Chefs shop at the local farmer’s market so you get fresh, seasonal cuisine prepared in some amazing and creative ways. The seafood is also amazing (Brophy’s anyone?). Santa Barbara is a coastal town so the seafood is fresh and plentiful. During the years I lived there I was spoiled.

Eating all that great, fresh food has really inspired me to re-create those experiences myself, in my own kitchen. So that’s the purpose, the point, the rhyme and reason for this blog. You get to watch me learn how to cook, try new recipes, and hopefully post my experiences on a (relatively) consistent basis.

Let me know what you think.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Clarivel permalink
    June 1, 2007 7:12 pm

    Hi Shea! So far, this is really cool! I didn’t realize you were such a contoseiur of Food! (Forgive my spelling… didn’t double check it). I will definately be taking a look at your recipes periodically to see if I can’t cook up something different and great! I think of you often my dear cousin and trust that all is well your way! I love you… Say hello to your mom and dad for me! Love, Clarivel

  2. Stacy permalink
    June 6, 2007 10:54 pm

    Hey there Shea!!! I’m so glad you made this website. I miss seeing/hearing you in the office kitchen making up your gourmet lunches! I look forward to your recipes and I will try every one of them!

    Love ya and good luck sweetie!!

  3. D'annah permalink
    June 8, 2007 1:48 am

    hello my dear, well i must say i am impressed! but its too bad that my cooking skills are well below average,but i will give it a try…. dont worry i’ll save your site to my favorites.

  4. Stacy permalink
    June 12, 2007 9:51 pm

    Hey there, I so wish we had an area by my home that I could plant a great veggie garden or even a spot by our office that we could plant a garden for all of us to enjoy! Wouldn’t that be awesome? I look forward to seeing more of your recipes. I printed out all of them so I must get cooking! Farmers Market here in Carp is Thursday at 3-7 must go!

  5. June 16, 2007 3:52 pm

    Hey Shea!

    great site, love the name….very cute. i see what you’re talking about with the colors. looks great and i will be visiting to get some ideas on what to cook for my daughter.

    ttys

  6. vanessa permalink
    June 21, 2007 11:46 pm

    hey ms shea!! i found ya!!! i have taken a look and am very impressed…… hopefully i won’t butcher your recipes!!

  7. lisa lisa permalink
    July 1, 2007 12:17 am

    Aloha Shea,

    Your chicken enchilada casserole rules. Post some more main dishes dude!

  8. July 1, 2007 5:53 am

    Hi Shea,
    Thanks very much for the link to Nando’s Anonymous – if you notice I just cross-linked you on our home page.
    Good luck and keep it going!
    David
    Nando’s Peri-Peri

  9. Gabe permalink
    July 11, 2007 12:08 am

    Shea Shea!
    I have to tell you that I am not only impressed with what you have done, but also enthusiastic to go through all of your recipes and ….. steal them and take credit for it. Seriously, this is great! Great timing as well, I was having a culinary urge today. Now I know where to go.

    Un Beso y un Abraso

    G

  10. July 24, 2007 5:45 am

    Interesting blog. I like your posts …
    : )

  11. beachmoores permalink
    August 3, 2007 4:39 pm

    Ummmmmm….. Shea, I’m having new recipe withdrawls.. Where is a new recipe and new pic… come on now girl, your slacking.. Just kidding

  12. August 28, 2007 10:05 am

    Shea, I love the site. Your pics and recipes are gorgeous and your passion for food shines thru

  13. jameswillisisthebest permalink
    September 8, 2007 9:55 pm

    This is my first post
    just saying HI

  14. September 17, 2007 7:19 pm

    Nice blog and I will continue to read it.

  15. CHEF FRANCO permalink
    September 25, 2007 9:15 pm

    HELLO SHEA
    MY NAME IS CHEF FRANCO
    I AM A CELEBRITY CHEF FUTURED ON THE FOOD TELEVISION
    FOOD NETWORK ,ETC,ETC,
    YOU ARE AN ARTIST IN CULINARY ART ,YOUR FOOD CREATIONS SONO MOLTO INTERESSANTI ,COMPLIMENTI.
    SINCERLY CHEF FRANCO
    FRANCO ONORATO
    PS I WORK WHIT GERARDO GALLEGOS JR.
    MY E MAIL
    pasartsociety@yahoo.com

  16. Jason permalink
    October 5, 2007 8:49 pm

    Can you recommend any main courses that will blend nicely with a large bag of DORITOS??? 🙂

  17. Somebody permalink
    October 12, 2007 11:08 pm

    These pictures look so good I want to print and eat em!

  18. Stacy permalink
    October 17, 2007 2:06 pm

    Miss Shea, We miss you so much. Now who am I going to ask food questions to? Keep up on your recipes, I always need my recipe fix! Regarding the request Jason made, do you have any suggestions? 🙂

  19. Perry permalink
    November 5, 2007 2:13 am

    Hey Shea, im not one to cook by all means but g referred me here after i told him i like to watch the food network. wish i could cook sum of the food you got going on..especialy tha penne in vodka cream sause(i dont know what that means but the one in the bowl with the fork right??). oh yeah, ever since i seen that season of “real world” where they went to Santorini, iv made it one of my MUST GO TO PLACES LUCKY YOU! well g said you like it when people reply soo..enjoy as will i

  20. Stacy permalink
    November 5, 2007 10:31 pm

    Where are you Miss Shea?? I don’t see you every day anymore so I need you to keep up your blog girl!! LOL Miss you

  21. Erich permalink
    November 30, 2007 1:31 am

    Shea, making sauce tonight so came here for inspiration. Pray for no disaster in G’s Kitchen. Looks like your fans are waiting for a kindling of your amazing gifts. they’ll have to wait, priority is 2 on 2 ball.

  22. March 13, 2010 4:46 am

    Shea,

    Where you at? I think your fans have waited long enough.

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