An Attitude of Gratitude
As I am packing up to hit the road on a fact finding mission for the next issue of Louisiana Kitchen it struck me: I am doing EXACTLY what I have always wanted to do. Near the beginning of my "career" I was a regional grunt for both Time magazine and The New York Times. This means I was the unfortunate soul who received the telephone calls at 2 am with instructions to get my ass out of bed and do things like drive into hurricanes or cross state lines to investigate trail derailments. I roved around the region and discovered all sorts of interesting things but nothing so fascinating as the cultural mishmash we have within the boundaries of Louisiana. There was born my desire to conduct a thorough, ongoing investigation into Louisiana's cultural gifts.
I have also been a lifelong participant in and admirer of the culinary arts.
And now I (along with my partner, Susan) own a publishing company (Our Kitchen & Culture) as well as our first publication, Louisiana Kitchen.
Even better, today I am setting off on an exploration of the western parts of the state with our photographer and culinary media geek, David Gallent, who has become a dear and treasured friend who inspires and confounds me with every interaction.
Upon my return I will celebrate Mother's Day with my fabulous daughter, Cecilia, my wonderful husband, Andrew, our five (I know, I know) beloved dogs, my best bud, Cyndi, and her husband, David. I treasure the company of every one of them.
Life is good.