My name is Jess. I live in Holyoke, MA. I love life, family, food and fun.
My full time gig is as a consultant for an IT firm based in my home city. I am a partner in life with Neil and our home is blessed with a rescue pug who answers to Duncan and a kitty, Petunia.
I am adamant about utilizing local products. We grow our own squashes, green beans, beets, cukes, lettuce, chard, radishes, spinach, herbs, tomatoes and peppers on our tiny city parcel. Ever a work in progress, we hope to add some fruits to the mix next year. I hit up farmer’s markets and/or farm stands whenever possible. I am lucky enough to live in an area that offers a wide variety of heirloom organic veggies to choose from- hundreds of types of tomatoes, carrots, beets, lettuces. I could go on forever about the beautiful produce of the northeast.
I am passionate about food and about its preparation and about its nutritional value to our bodies. I am currently enrolled in a degree program majoring in nutrition.
Home food preparation is something that I learned early in life. Way back in the early 80s my mom didn’t have a kitchenaid stand mixer. She had two little girls and two strong arms of her own. At Christmas time she would bake all varieties of cookies and quick breads and artisan breads and we would help by creaming butter and sugar together in a big mixing bowl or by cutting out sugar cookie dough in various shapes and decorating with colored sugars before baking. Our friends and family would get tins brimming with fresh baked cookies, or a loaf of sandwich bread, or maybe a handmade apron. To these roots I have returned as an adult. Buy it locally and fresh, prepare it yourself with love, and teach your children/nieces/nephews/neighbors how to do it too.