We are excited to introduce Acadia* as June’s featured member. A New Jersey native, Acadia* enjoys traveling through the United States by motor-coach with her husband, sampling a variety of regional cuisines.
What’s it like cooking on the road?
We have a full kitchen with a microwave, convection oven and refrigerator in our motorcoach. We also have a portable gas grill. We tell everyone that we go luxury camping. I prepare a lot of slow-cooker meals so that dinner cooks while we are visiting different locations. We are pizza-holics, and when we can’t find good pizza we make Ballarat’s Basic Pizza Dough. The recipe allows us to create our favorite pizza anywhere!
Do you try to replicate meals from your travels after you return home?
I have recreated a lot of them; however, it’s more fun to travel to the different locations and sample foods from the original chefs. For example, I consistently order Dungeness crab, because I don’t want to clean and prep the crab myself.
In your opinion, which state has the best food?
My home state of New Jersey: It’s influenced by two great cities, Philadelphia and New York. We also have Atlantic City, which attracts a number of famous chefs. The state has a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits and local farmers markets. After all, New Jersey’s nickname is The Garden State.
What’s your favorite Food.com recipe?
This is a difficult question, as I have so many recipes I enjoy. If I had to pick only one, it would be Focaccia for the Love of It, by Andi of Longmeadow Farm. This bread is to die for, and my family and friends always request it. My oldest daughter requests Debaylady‘s recipe for Crab Imperial every year for her birthday, and this recipe is also a winner.
What hobbies do you explore outside of the kitchen?
I like to read mysteries and biographies, and work in my vegetable and herb garden. From September to May I participate in a sanctioned bowling league. In addition, Threeovens, Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle and I host the Variety is the Spice of Life Event in the Cooking Contests & Events forum on FC. I also participate in numerous tag games, swaps, cook-a-thons, recipe swaps, recipe contests and many other fun FC community events. I love having a community of fellow foodies.
What’s your favorite vegetable to cook at the moment?
That’s easy; it’s sweet onions. I use onions in practically every meal I cook. The funny thing is, when I was a child and even a young adult, I really disliked onions. When I came upon the sweeter onions, my love affair began. My favorite FC onion recipe is Vidalia Onion Pie by GinnyP. One of my favorite FC vegetarian recipes is African Beans by Karen Elizabeth.
What do you do for work?
I’m a graphic artist and love that the job is not monotonous; every job presents itself with new challenges and requirements. Some of my most recent projects consisted of updating websites, creating custom illustrations, stationery and creating large-scale billboard graphics.
Any tips for capturing the perfect food photo?
While playing photo tag in the Photo Forum I was inspired by other photography enthusiasts to begin “styling” my dishes. When I take a recipe photo I put a lot of thought into the layout, design, lighting and plate placement. I take at least 20 photos of each dish so I have options. I trained my family not to dive into a dish until I’ve taken photos. Many nights we end up eating lukewarm food.
How did you come up with your user name, Acadia*?
It was inspired by the name of our now deceased golden retriever, Acadia National Bark.
What other interesting facts should we know about you?
My husband of 35 years and I have two daughters. One is a math teacher and the other is a formally trained culinary chef. I am drawn to national parks, state parks, waterfalls, local foods, wineries and mineral collecting. I also love caves and caverns – over the years I have visited at least 50 with my family!
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