Positive (Food) Influences in my Life

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  1. Charlotte October 9, 2010, 10:02 am

    I LOVE the Pioneer Woman too! I normally don’t buy hard copies of books anymore (I have a Kindle) but when her cookbook came out I had to have it. I wanted to support her too because of how much joy she has given me through sharing her blog. She’s an awesome woman.

    Just recently found your blog and can’t wait to start trying some of your recipes! Trying your shredded chicken enchiladas this week. (Oh, I’m in San Diego too.)

  2. Tara October 9, 2010, 11:03 am

    Both of my grandmothers, in different ways…

    My Mom’s mom is a ‘throw it in a pot’ kind of cook. You could go to her house any time and she could serve an instant feast. My Dad’s mom is the most remarkable cook. I look forward to meals at her house because everything tastes so amazing.

    I have definitely been influenced by FoodNetwork chefs…especially Giada. I am positive I was Italian in a previous life. lol And I have definitely been influenced by a large number of food bloggers. I love the connection to people who love food as much as I do.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 9, 2010, 8:42 pm

      Hi Tara! How wonderful that you have two wonderful grandmothers who taught you how to cook. They both sound so sweet. I agree with you: I think I must have been an Italian in a previous life, too! :)

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. NanaBread October 9, 2010, 2:34 pm

    My mother was my biggest influence. She was a master at feeding a family of 7 on a shoestring budget. I learned how to make a few ingredients into something spectacular and how to get the most “bang for your buck” when budgeting for groceries. Because she loved to garden and can, I also learned the art of homemade jellies, jams, preserves, pickles, tomatoes, salsas, etc. That comes in handy. She taught me that frugal can still be fabulous, and that homemade meals are always better than restaurant meals if you’re doing it right. Thanks, Mom!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 9, 2010, 8:47 pm

      Your mother sounds amazing. I have such respect for people who feed such large families with great food — and on a budget! I’ve never really gotten into canning, but have always wanted to. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit October 9, 2010, 6:15 pm

    I’d have to say that the biggest influence is my mom. She’s 81 years old but still cooks dinner every evening for half of the neighborhood. When I was growing up, nearly everything we ate was what she prepared from the farm or the garden, and it was good hearty food. My mom still cans, freezes and makes jams and jellies to share with anyone who needs some. I still call my mom whenever I need cooking advice!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 9, 2010, 8:49 pm

      Hi Betty! Wow, can I call your mom, too?? :) She sounds great! She sounds like she taught you some very valuable lessons. Very neat.

  5. delicieux October 10, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Great post!! It’s interesting learning everyone’s inspirations.

    I love Ina too. I’ve only recently discovered her though and I am kicking myself I didn’t find her earlier. She has such a great attitude towards cooking and is so laid back and relaxed.

    I also like Giada too and have one of her cookbooks.

    As far as Alton Brown goes, I’ve seen him as the host on Iron Chef America, but haven’t paid him anymore attention than that. I will have to investigate!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 10, 2010, 8:11 pm

      Thank you! I really recommend checking out Good Eats with Alton Brown. You won’t believe how different he is on his own show. It’s really like night and day. Thanks for sharing! It’s always nice to hear from you :)

  6. Hannah March 31, 2011, 4:01 pm

    I have just discovered your blog and absolutely love it! I see a lot of parallels between your life and mine. While I am studying English and Creative writing currently, I secretly have a passion for food. Giada, Alton, and Ina were my first inspirations when I began watching the foodnetwork several years ago. My grandmother was my other biggest inspiration. I really appreciate your cheeky and clever writing style, as well as your deliciously simple recipes. I also love how family oriented you are. Thanks for giving me inspiration to follow my dream!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef April 1, 2011, 2:54 pm

      Hi Hannah! English + Creative Writing + Passion for Food = You should start a food blog! ;)

      I am SO glad to have inspired you! I can’t tell you how awesome that is for me to hear. Good luck with your studies!!

  7. alma barron July 17, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your great recipes Lacey!! All your pictures are so beautiful. Not only are you a great chef, you’re a great photographer as well.
    Let me know if you ever need advice, and/or tips about Mexican food. My mom is a great cook and I’ve learned so much from her.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 20, 2011, 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Alma! Thanks also for the help — I’ll definitely keep you in mind :)


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