In looking at the picture, it might surprise you to learn that my name is Taneasha, but there we are. In May of 2011, we did a bit of a life reboot. We sold all of our belongings and moved from Utah, where we'd lived our whole lives, to Massachusetts. Can you say culture shock? Then, to my surprise, less than a year later, we found ourselves uprooting again. This time to Virginia. Even though we actually moved our stuff that time, I'm still discovering kitchen gadgets that I haven't managed to replace yet. It's an odd moment when you realize you can't make a traditional loaf of bread because you don't have a bread pan, even though you do have 3 different kinds of juicers, a food dehydrator, and a cheese slicer. I'm still getting deliveries from Amazon just about every week. Hubby takes care of the hard part, and earns us money. I stay home, keep the house, write occasionally, and take care of our precious beagle, Otto.
Getting to know Taneasha Q&A
What’s your favorite food?
Such a hard question… what’s your favorite food. I’d have to say chocolate is the thing that elicits the most sense of enjoyment for me. I love the flavor, the creamy texture as it melts on your tongue, and that perfect little snap when you bite into it. That being said, I don’t really consider chocolate to be a “food”. It’s more of an indulgence, a reward even. You don’t just eat it, you experience it.
The one thing that never seems to get old for me, that I can have time and time again and still enjoy, is a boring old baked potato. Dress it up with cheese, chives, sour cream, you name it, or just sprinkle it with a little salt. I love them any way they come.
What is a food you hate?
There are two things that I refuse to eat. The first is raw onions. Raw onions and I DO NOT get along. I couldn’t force myself to even gag them down. The other is duck. Quite simply, they are way too cute to eat. I’ll never tire of watching them waddle around, wagging their little butts and quacking. No way will one ever find its way onto my plate.
What is your go to cookbook or recipe resource?
To be perfectly honest, I haven’t picked up a cookbook in years. I just don’t really use recipes. If I decide to make something I’ve never made before, I usually consult several resources on the internet and then use the consensus as a sort of guide. It’s not that I have anything against recipes, I just got tired of having my husband tease me by repeating my own words, “I don’t know what happened”, when one after another was an epic failure.
What do you enjoy cooking most?
My favorite thing to make, without question, is bread. There is just something so satisfying about working dough with your hands, and knowing, just by the feel, how good it’s going to be. The aroma of a hot loaf or warm, buttered rolls, makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
That being said, there is satisfaction in everything I cook. Even the mundane meals, like tacos or sandwiches, are that much better because I made them. I know exactly what went into it, and I care about the finished product. No restaurant experience can compare to the satisfied sigh of a well fed husband after his long day of work. It makes the effort not only worth it, but enjoyable.