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November 3, 2008

Getting To Know My Blog Daughters: Up First Nella From Peckerwood Gravy!


For a while now I've been planning to reintroduce my blog daughters to you by having them answer a few questions to get to know them better! This was such fun! So take a look below and get to know Nella from Peckerwood Gravy Company a little better. Also don't forget to stop by her blog and say hello and tell her her blog Mom Dianne sent you! ;oP

Ingrid's turn will be up soon, so don't forget to check back!

For now let's get started with Nella's answers!

1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with the name?

Peckerwood Gravy Company. My husband's grandmother used to call grandpa a peckerwood whenever she got a little exasperated with him. In the Midwest, a woodpecker and a peckerwood are the same. My cousin came up with the Gravy part. I added the Company. It is just plain silly.

2. How long have you been blogging?

Since March of this year, eight months.

3. What made you start your own blog?

I just wanted to share my recipes, food stories, my love of good food, restaurants, and travel. I love the Midwest and I don't want the food culture to be lost.

4. Do you cook every day? Or is there a specific time in the week that you cook more than others?

I cook almost every day. Now, it is just for the husband and I during the week. Weekend cooking is usually for a family get together. If I cook too much, I take the extra over to the parents. I also try to bake at least once a week. I give away a lot of what I bake. I can usually unload the baked goods off on husband's work, the folks, my daughter and her family, and the neighbors.

5. What is your favorite kitchen tool?

My Kitchen Aid Mixer. My daughter and I refer to it as "The Kitchen Trophy". Proudly displayed on the counter at all times.

6. If money was no object and you could take a food vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Italy. I love Italian food, any region. I've been to Rome, that was the appetizer trip. I would love to travel the entire country cooking, eating, and drinking the wines. Wait a minute, did you ask me what heaven would be like?

7. If you could spend the day with one famous cook/chef and cook with them for fun, who would it be and why?

Alton Brown, and it definitely would be fun! I actually understand the cooking and baking process better, the way he explains it scientifically. I love his sense of humor too. He is my favorite!

8. What is your favorite food to eat?

Potatoes! In any form, at any meal. I love, love, love them.

9. What is your favorite food to cook?

Bread. I love the way bread dough comes alive. When I look at the dough after the first rise, I always say, in my best scary scientist voice, "It's alive!" While kneading, I usually "lose myself". I think and pray about things, people, just stuff. It's rather Zen like. And the smell..........it's a food of love thing. I love myself when I make bread.

10. If I was going to cook one recipe from your site, which one would you recommend and why?

Since I know you like quick breads and yeast breads and that you like to cook healthy, the Banana Bread or the Cinnamon Rolls would be my choice. Both can be adapted to organic very easily. I've baked them both organic. And the house smells really good!

Posted by Dianne at November 3, 2008 7:13 AM

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Hello, Mama Blogger Dianne!
That was a great interview. I'm convinced that I need to try my hand at baking bread. I've always been afraid of messing up and I've never been good with waiting.

Posted by: ingrid at November 3, 2008 9:52 AM

Baking bread is a lot easier than it seems. Give it a try...You might just be surprised! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at November 4, 2008 6:22 PM

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