A site for sore tastebuds and a woeful wallet

About Christy

Hi Everyone!  Though I don’t look like a diva in this photo, I become one in my kitchen every day.  Why a Diva?  Just because it’s fun and quite out of character for me.  I grew up in the restaurant business in the St. Louis area and seem to have always had something to do with feeding people since I was very young, either serving, catering,  cooking or mothering.  My seven siblings and I all worked in our father’s restaurants at one time or another.  Dad was very much a part of the home cooking too, teaching us with love and with his special flair in the kitchen.  Mom, being an RN as well as a fine Southern style cook, more the pioneer stock, has imparted her love and wisdom as well, especially with aspect to health and working within a strict budget (we used to go through 8 gallons of milk a week).

Being taught how to cook with such love, I enjoy sharing that love through this blog. I also enjoy sitting together at the dinner table  with three children of my own and a very appreciative husband (who is only allowed to cook bacon). It is better than waiting at the drive-thru for the empty calories and additives.  By being conscious of what goes in (or stays out) of our food I’m taking care of the ones I love. Cooking at home saves tons of money as well and having parents who grew up during the Great Depression has taught me so much about getting by on a shoestring yet ensuring a healthy combination of foods that nourish and satisfy.

Here you’ll see some of my favorite classic and original recipes and how to make them your own… for the ones you love. The stage is now set for all of us Divas (and Divos) of Delicious to start performing.  Let the show begin!


17 responses

  1. Cairn Shundo

    I look forward to seeing your upcoming posts. I love to cook, but get in a rut sometimes. Glad Angela told me about this.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

  2. Jeff Drake

    Congratulations on your new site, my dear! As the main beneficiary of your cooking I would like to officially endorse the contents of this blog!~ Your loving hubby, Jeff.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

  3. Dorothy Tolish

    Christy! I am so glad you are doing this. You simply make the best chocolate cookies period! and I look forward to trying receipes and getting tips, I love tips! Love you too, Dodie

    November 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    • Tips! Great idea! Recipe for sirloin tips is on the list. Thanks for checking in Dodie, and love you too.

      November 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

  4. Dawn Hilke Naughton

    Love the blog! Not much of a gardener (apparently it’s not genetic after all) but LOVE to cook and your tips are inspiring me to be a little more creative. Keep them coming!

    November 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

    • Thanks Dawn I will. Since the holidays are at our heels there will be lots of cooking to do. Camera ready!

      November 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

  5. Great website full of fabulous tips and ingredients! I’ll be checking in often for new ideas like those yummy potato pancakes (and may even bug you with some questions now and then!). Thanks for sharing your delicious ideas. Love, Val.

    January 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    • Thanks Val, you could never bug me! Loved your article about flowers. I miss flowers outside, but now I try to get a bunch from the supermarket for indoors when ever I can. I have a ton of Jonquil bulbs to force just now too…Man, in Winter, I need that life in a room! Thanks for your tip!

      January 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  6. MarieElizabeth

    more more more please, I just LOVE your site and the ideas for recipes and making do.
    I too believe we will all have to learn to make do and stretch the food budget soon!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    • Thank you!! Sometimes I feel a little silly keeping a little jar of bacon grease in lieu of throwing it out, or giving a chicken carcas another go making stock, but it’s what Grandma did to survive the depression. I agree we should honor those folks who struggled so hard, and stretch our budgets today just to make the good times last. You’ve really made my day and I’m going to get right to work and make a bread pudding from all those heel’s I’ve been saving in the freezer…and not feel so silly about it.

      February 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

  7. Joetta Drake

    Jeff stopped by the office yesterday and gave me the address of your blog. Everything looks good! Don is going to cooking classes…you two should exchange recepies.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    • I would LOVE that. I’m just now working on a new one…Potato soup in 15 minutes.

      Good for Don!…and you, hee hee. It would be so fun to have you two over for dinner so we could visit and compare our notes. Next time Jeff stops by lets figure something out?

      March 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  8. Glad I’m naturally nosy (one of many benefits of having a witchy nose) and found your bloggie!!! Will be checking on recipies here and there!

    Mucho lovies,
    Missy 🙂

    May 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    • …witchy? Bah! I’m glad for your nose, and much lovies to you too.

      May 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  9. avian101

    Christie, because I enjoy and admire your blog so much, I have nominated you for the ABC Award.
http://avian101.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/abc-award/ ‎. In order to accept this award, you must comply with the two rules. Then you may place the Award logo on your site. Please do not feel any pressure to accept this award, I understand if you do not wish to participate. But know your site is appreciated, and your blogging is interesting, your photos are beautiful! I enjoy reading your posts! Have a great day! H.J.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

  10. Ah dear Avian (H.J.),
    You are so very kind to nominate my blog for this award. I must however decline posting it. It’s not that I don’t appreciate your kindness and how much you enjoy it, it’s because I only wish, not to gain, but to serve in ways I am passionate about…to give fresh ideas, to help those trying to stay within a budget, to share with those who would like to know how certain cooking techniques are done, and hopefully to spread a little cheer once in a while. Just that you recommend my blog is a great reward. I hope you continue to enjoy it for a long time as your enjoyment keeps me inspired.
    Sincerely grateful,

    April 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  11. Hola Christy, I just nominated you an award for your delightful blog:

    April 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

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