Hi Ya’ll! My name is Stacey and I was born and raised in New Orleans.
The things that were just a part of a normal day in my life: watching my grandpa come in with his trawling nets full of shrimp, having a crawfish boil on a hot summer evening, or a small kitchen garden in the backyard were the inspiration behind the recipes that were handed down to me from generations of southern cooks.
Eating healthy is a priority in my life and I have incorporated my love of flavorful food into healthy and flavorful recipes that feed my New Orleans heritage. Everyone who visits my hometown always comes back with the same experience, “the food doesn’t get much better than the food in NOLA”. I think that is because we put our heart and soul into everything we do and that includes what we bring to the dinner table.
Since moving to the Midwest I have enjoyed another passion, and that is my backyard garden. It doesn’t get better than picking a fruit or vegetable off of the vine on a hot summer day or walking into my backyard to snip some fresh herbs. The explosion of flavor that comes out of your homegrown fruits and vegetables just can’t be beaten.
Because the summer garden only lasts for just the summer, I have learned to take these fruits and vegetables and can them so they can be used long after the first frost has come and gone and the winter snow blankets the ground.
I was lucky enough to have a wonderful Father who loved nurturing and watching plants grow, and his passion lives on in me. But don’t worry, if you don’t love to garden or have the time to garden, visiting your farmers market can be just as rewarding.
I want to welcome you to The Southern Spoonful family. I look forward to sharing my love of wholesome ingredients and recipes with you!