Name: Jan Perdue
Occupation: Domestic diva
Why I love cooking: Sharing home-prepared foods made with love is the way I can give back to my friends and family all the love they give me.
Who taught me: My mother and grandmother were both great cooks. I have wonderful memories of spending my childhood in the kitchen with them in Pennsylvania. My grandmother was Hungarian, so she made a lot of roasts and stews. Mother learned to cook a lot from her, so she often made stuffed cabbage and pork and sauerkraut, as well as spaghetti.
Specialty: Seasonal, garden-to-table, simple and fresh cuisine. I moved to Roanoke about three and a half years ago and started my first vegetable garden. Growing up, we never ate vegetables except if they came out of a can or something. Homemade food is kind of coming back now.
For example, I make homemade hot cocoa. Hot cocoa is a tablespoon of cocoa and a tablespoon of sugar and milk – how easy can that be? Why did we ever do it the other way? It doesn’t make sense.
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Check out Jan’s recipe for oyster bisque here.