My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors

Hello Virtual Cooking Family, Hope all is great in your world! As I write I am battling a nasty cold, wrapped in a flannel blanket and appreciating the newly blooming cherry blossoms outside my window, giving me a teaser of spring to come.  I’m taking sips of my black tea fragrant with dried sage and…… Continue reading My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors


A huge thank you to all of you that turned up for my very first cookbook signing! It absolutely melted my heart to meet so many of you in person, and I was so touched by those of you out of state that sent your family members in California to come get a signed copy!…… Continue reading MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING!


After 10 years of working on this labor of love, my cookbook is finally ready and I am now taking orders! You get to see the cover here first: This hardback book is full of colorful illustrations, meticulous directions, family anecdotes, and historical information about the recipes.  The recipes in this book are a great…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Happy New Year! New announcements and for 2019

Hope you are all enjoying a fresh start this new year! I always love the idea of starting fresh, of burying any insecurities, negativity or setbacks and starting something new, exciting, and even a little scary. Because overcoming the fear of something new is how you grow. There have been lots of scary decisions I…… Continue reading Happy New Year! New announcements and for 2019

To E-book, or not to E-book?

Finally, we get some much needed rain here in Northern California after a severely dry winter. For me there is no better time to start experimenting in the kitchen than on rainy, overcast days, when the oven and cooking smells fill up the house with warmth and comfort. Lately I have been adding recipes at…… Continue reading To E-book, or not to E-book?