My passion is food; creating it, photographing it, writing about it and eating it. I guess there is something about the look, taste and smell of a beautiful meal that evokes heartwarming memories for me about my past which draws me back to my kitchen day after day.
I decided to start a blog for my son, nieces and nephews. I thought it would be a great way for me to chronicle my thoughts and recipes. When my mother passed away, as well as I thought I knew her, I still had questions about her childhood and past, that I would never find answers to. I wanted to make sure that my “kids”, and perhaps, someday, my grandchildren, would be able to know me in my own words. It turned out to be a very cathartic process for me to reflect on my past, present, and to take a quiet moment here and there to write down my sentiments, experiences and recipes.
My passion for cooking comes from a number of people in my life, two of the most prominent would be my mother’s cook, Lim Fun and my paternal grandmother, also named Eva. Lim was an amazing chef from the Philippines who trained in Paris. From Lim I learned a very disciplined and precise style of French cooking, and how to make the most beautiful brioche. From my grandmother, during my summers spent at her house in San Antonio, almost through osmoses, I assimilated a deep knowledge of spices and layers of flavors simply by hanging out in her kitchen with her.
I began my career as the owner and head cook of Ruchetta Fine Foods, a specialty food store and catering business on Fishers Island, New York. I went on to help create the Boulder Bridal Showcase in Boulder, Colorado and the Legacy Outdoor Market in San Antonio, Texas and became the Trade Show Director for the natural products industry’s largest and most significant trade shows and conferences, including the Natural Products Expo. These days, I am a Realtor, and most importantly, a mom to my grown son, and a partner in life with my fabulous and funny husband. We reside in the splendid Rocky Mountains of Boulder, Colorado.
I suppose I could be described as a sentimental cook and that is fine by me as it is usually around a meal that we gather with family and friends to celebrate joyous and meaningful occasions, important life rituals and traditions. These are the times we remember.
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