Courtney

Location:

Manhattan Beach, CA

Member since:

April 27, 2014

Name at least three of your favorite cuisines

Salmon, chicken dishes, a good steak.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Dunno, never been on a vacation, though did travel the world as a travel editor, but journalists' time on hosted press trips is not their own.

Describe the most memorable meal you've ever had

Hard to say, have dined all over the world, too many to remember. I really do love Il Fornaio Salmon and they way they prepare it, perfect.

What is your cooking level? Beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional, etc... and which type of cuisine is your specialty?

As a single mom with a diabetic daughter I had to learn to cook very healthy meals early on. I also served as a live-in personal assistant and chef to now-deceased Peggy Lee, the 50s crooner. Went to BH Cooking School, attend Johnson & Whales School of Fine Dining, and spent about 18 years in the restaurant business. Back then, I was pretty good but most has been lost since. Retraining myself. So, once a beginner, then advanced, semi-pro for a few years, now back to beginner. It's a whole new world.

Please tell the group a little bit about your interest in food and cooking

I eat to live, not live to eat. However, have been spoiled with some of the finest meals the world has to offer on hundreds of travel and auto press trips worldwide. But semi-retired now and cooking for one, I'm working at getting back in the game. My daughter in law is fantastic cook so I've been learning new things from her. I've also become a healthier eater in the past year and by doing so have lost 30 pounds without much effort. Just a matter of eating the right foods at the right time without dieting. In fact, I find I eat more now than I did before to maintain my metabolism level. I'm developing a new appreciation for cooking and sharing the experience and camaraderie that surrounds food and wine. Looking to learn more.

Introduction

I'm an empty nester, retired magazine publisher, still very active but lost the art of cooking after my kids grew up. I've recently tried to get back into it but need help... it's not intuitive to me as is riding a bike or driving a car.


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