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COOKING often gets
Not so for many of you, as I've learned from the dozens of Home Cooking interviews that have run on the Front Burner blog over the past two years.
Participants have run the gamut from government officials to healthcare workers to stay-at-home mothers to professional chefs. For just about everyone, cooking fulfills some basic need that goes beyond the kitchen.
For many, it's the need to be creative.
"It's a release for me," wrote Nancy Davis, a pastry chef and owner of Nancy's Custom Desserts & Pastries. "I get immediate results."
It's also a tangible way to pass something wholesome on to kids.
"Cooking is my way of making sure my kids get a healthy start to life," wrote Nimali Fernando, local physician and founder of The Doctor Yum Project.
"Until my son was born,
I host a 'steak night' every Friday evening for my close friends, and it has become my mission to impress my guests each week!"
The Home Cooking interviews are simple e-mail surveys where local cooks share fun tidbits like favorite cookbooks, meals and pantry must-haves.
I'm always looking for new participants, and anyone who approaches meal preparation with any level of joy is qualified.
The best way to get started or to learn more is to email me at
You can read the interviews on the Front Burner blog at news.fredericksburg.com/frontburner.
Look for the "tags" list in the right-hand column and click on "Home Cooking."
There are a lot of fun ways to read them. You could look through responses to the question, "What one kitchen gadget could you not live without?" and get a pretty thorough list to outfit a brand-new kitchen. Wooden spoons, a hefty cutting board, a sharp knife, Dutch oven and instant-read thermometer are some favorites.
And the variety of answers to "What is your favorite dish to make for potluck suppers?" has me really wanting to organize a Home Cooking potluck.