About the Cook…. An Interview with Peabody

One of my daily reads and all round good person, Kristen of Kristen’s Home Cooking had an interview about her up on her site. I have seen these floating around on a few people’s blogs but I bought the bullet and decided to let Kristen come up with some question to ask me. She actually asked me 8 and then told me to pick 5, so I did.

 1. Everyone is dying to know, when did your husband learn of your skills in the kitchen? Did you hold out, or win him early on when dating? What is his MOST favorite thing you make?

I did not cook dinner for him until we were living together. Now keep in mind we met October 5, were engaged by November and moved in together in January and were married by March. I had a super busy schedule back then and a super crappy apartment kitchen so I/we ate out a lot. When we were first together I was always offering to make him cookies and what not but he said he preferred store bought(which is what he ate most of his life). I of course could not handle that. I made him cookies. He said they were good and that is about it. However, once we were living together and married, he was getting them all the time. I decided to stop making them(just to see if he would miss them). He went about 2 weeks on store bought and asked me if I could go back to making him cookies. Other than Oreo’s and Circus cookies, we don’t do store bought. Sadly his MOST favorite thing I make him is sloppy joes. Again, he always just had the can mix, so fresh ones were a new concept to him. Justin is so not a foodie and has very simple tastes. He eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich EVERY WEEKDAY for lunch.

2. What is the No. 1 food you just can’t stand no matter what, and what is the No. 1 food you really can’t imagine life without?

 About the only food I can’t stand is the food I am allergic too. I also can’t stand lemon grass. I am not sure if I am allergic to it or what, but every time I put it in my mouth I vomit, literally. So I try to stay away from that.
I am going to have to go with sugar. I gave it up for a year once, for a bet, to see if I could do it. Everyone told me how it would kick my addiction to sugar. Guess what, not one of those 365 days did I not want sugar…so much for that theory. I was the crankiest I ever was that year and I actually gained 12 pounds because I was eating extra things trying to compensate for not eating sugar.

3. You were a teacher, right? Well, they say that it takes one to know one, so tell us in your own words and ideas what we can do in America to fix some of the problems with today’s teacher shortage and struggling schools?

Stop putting emphasis on tests. When I left teaching my kids were taking 3 major tests. All of which they had to spend hours and hours of class time focusing on how to take the test, how to guess better if you didn’t know how to answer the question and how to bubble properly. A complete waste. The kids don’t get recess anymore except at lunch. They don’t allow you to do frivolous things anymore with the kids. And by frivolous I mean things like do an art project with the kids(that is what art class is for…sadly they only get art for 40 minutes once every 6 days).
Education today is of the mindset that all children must live the “American Dream” and go to college. Well, some kids aren’t made for college. I am a strong supporter of trade type high schools. We have many talented kids who drop out of school simply because they don’t fit into the reading, writing and mathematics box that they try to shove everyone into. Some kids will never get algebra but they can fix my car, play guitar, bake a cake, build a tractor from scratch, rewire my house, cut my hair, design flowers and graphically design my website.
And lastly, probably one of the main reasons I left teaching is lack of teacher support. Back when I was in school, if the teacher called my parents and said that my brothers(I was an angel and never got in trouble…for real :) ) my parents believed what the teacher said. Not so now a days. Parents don’t want to believe their child did anything wrong. I had a student once stab a kid with a broken protractor and then PEE on him. He was in my homeroom so, even though it did not happen in my classroom, it was my responsibility to call the parent. When I tell the parent this, they aren’t mortified like I expect them to be, instead they turn it around on me. You know, my son tells me you are a horrible teacher and that you said the word crap last week. I calmly tried to explain that I would talk about my teaching style and word choices with them at another time, but that for now we needed to focus on what their son had done. They of course would not and I had to pawn them off on my poor vice principal. This is sadly more the norm now a days than the exception.

4. Do you have any regrets in life?

None. I am a firm believer in that every mistake(and I have made a lot) and choice you makes you the person you are today.

5. How did you learn about blogging? When did you discover food blogs? How long did it take you to start yours after learning about blogs?

I came across a food blog one day. I’m 97.23 % sure it was the Domestic Goddess website. I instantly fell in love with the idea of food blogging. I called my husband into the room and pointed at the screen and said, “I wanted to do that.” He said okay and within 48 hours, I had a blog. It started off slowly and we didn’t own a camera at the time and so I didn’t update it very much since I felt like something was missing without the photos. So we went down to Circuit City when they had a sale and bought my cheapo Nikon Coolpix 4600 for $100 and started taking photos. Really, really bad photos. Then one day I broke down and asked Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice how she takes such nice photos. As luck would have it we own pretty much the same camera but hers has more bells and whistles. She did a nice job of teaching me the basics and I then took it upon myself to learn a little bit about photography. It’s really only been in this last year that I have focused on my blog…and I have the thighs to prove it! :P

So there you have it folks. I little more insight in to my slightly twisted world.

Do you want to be interviewed? Here are the directions:
1. Leave a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. Beware, I may ask personal questions! Please make sure I have your email address.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


  1. I can’t imagine you taking bad pictures, ever!

  2. It was great to get to know more about you, Peabody. And I definitely agree about education and parents not taking responsability and not backing up teachers, since that´s also the case here in Argentina :(
    And you do a wonderful job with what you call a cheapo camera, I struggle with mine all the time because it refuses to make proper closeups.
    I, for one, volunteer to wipe out any food your husbands trades for a PBJ sandwhich haha

  3. Hi, Peabody, it’s good to know someone who has good hands to cook, plus great passion on hockey!
    Oh, I was also interviewed by Kirsten too! :D

  4. Hi Peabody!! YAY!!!!!!

    Your interview was AMAZING. I really loved hearing your thoughts on teaching (since I work in higher ed for a community college and hear all the time about how underprepared our students are because they have been “taught to the test”).

    I am SO honored to have been your interviewer and to learn more about you.

    Kirsten :)

  5. I have no idea how you gave up sugar for a year, I think I would die.

  6. Very interesting. I had no idea you used to be a teacher. I teach fourth grade and am lucky enough to be in an area where most of the parents are pretty supportive. I’m totally fed up with the emphasis on testing, not to mention how unfair some of the tests are.

  7. I really enjoyed reading this-you are full of surprises! I especially took an interest in the teacher part of you, being a former teacher, years ago…….oh, I enjoyed ALL of it!

  8. Outstanding interview, Peabody! I did one for Lis and it was fun. Hear, hear on your comments about education! You are sooooooo correct!

  9. I loved your answer about education! And again, your pictures are all about you and your talents as a photographer. You’re great at it!

  10. I’m glad somebody else has a PB&J hubby!
    You have it right on the school focus!
    Fun to do.

  11. That is so true about testing in schools. I know one lady who is not going to teach next year, partly because she has to focus so much on preparing the kids for state tests that she can’t teach the way she wants to. It doesn’t help when people get to college or jobs and can’t think because all they’ve done is memorize for tests and don’t know how to think. Anyway, I think I’ll take on your challene…interview me!

  12. Couldn’t agree more about the school & testing issues. I gave up red meat for a year, just to see if I could do it. I don’t think I could do sugar though, especially since artificial sweeteners make me ill. I think I’ll take my chances- interview me!

  13. It’s great that your husband now appreciates home made cookies. Your photos are wonderful, especially close ups. I agree with you on today’s education and am glad my kids were in school when curriculum was project based. Our kids today are being cheated and our teachers caged with all the emphasis on tests. The Domestic Goddess was one of the first food blogs I saw and a real inspiration.
    If three isn’t too many, I’d like to be interviewed, too.

  14. Interview me!!

  15. I loved reading your answers! And, I will chime in with the other – I enjoyed reading your education answer. I was almost getting fired up! I agree with everything you said. Teacher support is always a good one. I had a parent go off on me about giving her child a zero for plagiarizing – telling me she only copied a small amount of information. Mind you – it was an essay after my Research unit. Unbelievable. I left the classroom this year because I couldn’t just teach anymore. But, now I train teachers and its so hard to give them new strategies because they have the testing in the back of their thoughts. Next year, I will be an administrator and hope I can make some changes in the school…hope being the key term. I promise, though, not to become one of “them”.
    Thanks so sharing!

  16. Great answers, Gracie! And the questions were excellent too, Kristen!

    Yep.. me three. Loved the education answer and couldn’t agree more. Especially about teacher support and how parenting has changed so much since I was a kid. Whoever decided that this was the way to go in teaching our kids how to behave (outside of the classroom, I’m talking about) is a complete asshole.


  17. Both of my parents were teachers… they retired in the 90’s when their school district decided that the -parents- should have the final decision on whether their child passed or failed a class.

    Care to pass on some photography tips?

    Thanks for sharing some of the “other sides” of Peabody.

  18. Forgot to ask if you’d interview me. :)

  19. That looks amazing! I also really enjoyed reading the responses to your questions. Interview me, please :)

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