I live in Santa Cruz, a small coastal town south of San Francisco. My home overlooks a sweet little beach called Sunny Cove, hence the name for my blog.
I was born and raised in a small village in Germany. My parents had an old-fashioned farm with chickens, pigs, cows and geese. We had a large orchard, a vegetable garden and land with different crops. Most of the food was home-grown. Eight to fifteen people were fed every day. We had two kitchens and something was always cooking or being made. All the sausage and meat came from animals raised on the farm.
During harvest season, many different people would help. Our cellar had jars of jams, canned vegetables, pickles, homemade sauerkraut and juices. I was not particularly interested in cooking when I was a student, but all my friends appreciated the sausages and different foods my mom sent to me. I became interested in cooking when I moved to the United States. Watching Julia Child and being introduced to different foods furthered my curiosity. My interest quickly turned into a passion. In my other life, I was a first grade-teacher and loved it. I spent many wonderful years in the classroom. While teaching, I shared my love for wholesome food and cooking with my students. We often prepared food in the classroom—simple but tasty things. The children loved learning about cooking and tasting different things. Eating well brings me great pleasure. Living on the California coast lets me choose from a variety of locally grown organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and other culinary delicacies. I spend part of the year in Europe and love to travel whenever I can, tasting different foods and going to farmer's markets. Life is good when I'm involved with food. My friend, Diane, gets credit for telling me that I need to write a blog so I can share my recipes and I am grateful to have my friend Virginia Lee help me edit.