Adopt-a-Blogger: Meet Angie from Southern Grace Gourmet

In lieu of regularly scheduled programming, I’m excited to introduce you to Angie who I’ve been paired with for Adopt-a-Blogger. Angie’s blog is Southern Grace Gourmet, a wonderful food blog that started as a way for Angie to record her recipes and document her love of cooking. Definitely check it out, it’s a beauty!

Southern Grace Gourmet

Here’s Angie’s story:

I didn’t grow up cooking in the kitchen much. I stayed with my granny when I was very young and learned basics from watching her. My mother only made only about 20 dishes, so I never learned much from her, either. I grew up watching the Justin Wilson’s Cajun Cooking in black and white through snow on rabbit ears. I never knew about the trademark red overalls till years later. My favorite though was the Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr. I wasn’t a Julia fan, I couldn’t get past her posture and accent.

I started out working in a western retail store at 16. It was so boring there, and I really wanted to be in a busy restaurant. My mother was a cocktail waitress in her younger years, and I loved the idea of working in the party. My father and his former wife that had passed, owned a restaurant together with her parents. Although I rarely saw him cook, he did tell me stories of their restaurant. It was a steak and seafood restaurant. He made the best steak I’ve ever had. So I decided to try and work at a restaurant. Unfortunately our small town had only two: the traditional steak house and a Pizza Hut. I chose the Pizza Hut because I had friends there. I worked there nearly full time, mainly as a waitress and some as a line cook.

When I left home for college, one of the most exciting things was having my own kitchen. I started buying my own hope chest around age 14. It was packed full of kitchen items. When I left home, that’s about all I had, lots of kitchen things. While in college for dental hygiene, I was working 30-40 hours in restaurant/beach bars. I waited tables in the evening and cock-tailed through the night. I rarely had time to spend in the kitchen, but still enjoyed participating in potlucks with my classmates and dinners with friends.
From our restaurant and bar experience, my husband and I always envisioned the perfect beach restaurant. The decor, the food, the spirits. We always talked about if I had a restaurant I would do this or that.

Through the years, I have been experimenting more and more in my own kitchen. We redesigned and remolded our kitchen by ourselves. I spend a lot more time there since I have been staying at home with my son. I was having problems remembering my recipes, and was talking with a friend about organization ideas. I bought a computer application for storing recipes, but it became too cumbersome. I found more and more blogs through recipe searching, and decided to organize my recipes on the web.

Since starting my blog, I have made many great friends, and developed a love for photography and learned so much more about cooking. I hope to keep growing my blog and keep learning about new recipes and improve my photography. Even though my husband and I still have visions of the perfect restaurant, our experience and expertise is pointing us in a different entrepreneurial endeavor.

  • Chicken Parmesan | Southern Grace Gourmet posted: 15 May at 5:38 pm

    [...] I also want to talk today again about Adopt-a-blogger. A few posts back, I shared with you guys my adopter’s culinary background, which was quite impressive. On our introduction to each other, we had to describe our culinary backgrounds. Of course mine is pretty much non-existent, but I did pull something outs my, well you know. You can read it here at Jackie’s site. [...]

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