I grew up eating frozen TV dinners, macaroni and cheese out of a box, and tuna noodle casserole. Like most working parents, mine didn’t always have the time – or money – for much else. I have a few standout food-related memories from my childhood – oyster roasts by a bonfire, tasting a sip of Dom Perignon at age twelve, baking homemade pretzels with a babysitter, and watching sausage being made from a freshly slaughtered hog at a babysitter’s house. I think these vivid memories have helped spark the interest in food and wine that I have now, and that I’ve been cultivating for the past six years. I spend most of my days at work, but the weekends are mine to mess around in the kitchen, and I’m having a blast teaching myself to cook. My young kids are watching, and I’m hoping to provide them with some memories of their own.

I’ve been blogging since 2006, but the merry gourmet was just recently born. This is where I get to write about my experiences with all things food, wine, and anything else that catches my fancy.

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3 responses to “about

  1. Rachel Winter

    MJ- those lemon bars look heavenly. will have to try… don’t remember you cooking much in college 🙂 me neither.
    have u made a pie crust yet? am dying to try.
    miss u.love rachel

    • Rachel – I really started cooking when I was pregnant with my oldest, but kicked it into high gear over the last year or two. And, yes – homemade pie crust is great. I’ve been making my own for the last year. You should try!

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