Meet Willa – one of the new contributors to the blog. I’m so excited that my running buddy is joining the team!
A few details to enhance our acquaintance.
1. I was born in Marin County California. Although I have not lived there for many years, I still consider myself to be Californian.
2. My mom packed a lunch for me every day until I graduated from high school. They were extraordinary too, often including inspirational notes for the day. These details do make a difference.
3. Canning scares me. Or, maybe it is just that I perceive it to be so much work.
4. I want to inspire others the way that I have been inspired.
5. I love grocery shopping.
6. My bookshelves are overflowing with cookbooks covering everything from South American to Vegetarian food. I am admittedly enticed by their lovely photos and delicious words.
7. It should be no surprise to know that I adore cooking and consider myself to be knowledgeable in the kitchen.
8. I am in constant search of my “calling” in life. At least I have determined that I love food and cooking.
9. Frequently, my decision making process is paralyzed by too much information.
10. While I have a desire for perfection, I am flexible as a result of my own laziness.
11. I love running and feel very fortunate to be able to run.
12. My gratitude is endless for the friendships that have grown as a result of running.
13. I want to run faster.
14. I am uncertain as to whether or not I want to run farther but might be persuaded to do so.
15. I am a very proud wife of an amazing Army National Guard soldier.
16. I make a concerted effort to enjoy every moment and I know that health is central to being able to do this.
17. My undergraduate degree is in Spanish and Portuguese. I speak Spanish fluently but would love to be even better; my Portuguese is very rusty.
18. I studied for one semester in Toledo, Spain and wish I would have stayed longer.
19. The focus of my college thesis was how food, restaurants, and grocery stores are central to the preservation/continuation/introduction of immigrant cultures in the Twin Cities and, moreover, how food is often the first, and key, introduction that people have to a different culture.
20. I love simple recipes with short ingredient lists.
21. I am having a difficult time thinking of a type of food that I don’t like.
22. I once made a winter vegetable stew including what I thought was a parsnip; it was actually horseradish.
23. I admire chefs and restaurant owners but don’t know that I would want to be one myself.
24. I absolutely hate it when people add seasoning or sauce to something they have been served before they have even tasted it.
25. Along similar lines, I don’t understand why people don’t taste their food as they are cooking it.
Missed the other new faces around here?