Somewhere between dreaming about being married and having kids, and getting married and having kids, cooking went from passion to hassle. At the end of my work day, after driving carpool, overseeing homework, getting the kids to and from their extracurricular activities, and so on, the last thing I felt like doing was making magic in the kitchen. My family, however, looked forward to — make that, demanded — dinner. The first question they inevitably asked when they got home was “What’s for dinner?”
To help light my culinary pilot light and put some of the fun back into cooking, I started looking for inspiration at the tag sales and other secondhand merchandise venues I frequent from time to time — estate sales, garage sales, secondhand stores, flea markets, auctions, and ebay. I’ve found some wonderful, wacky, and truly weird items over the years. I hope you will enjoy the memories and meals that my treasured finds have inspired, and that you too, may find culinary inspiration in other people’s stuff.
Occasionally, I also post about food-related events and finds in Houston, visits to “retro” Houston restaurants (ones that have been in business 35 years or more), and travel highlights.
For questions or comments, or just to share what inspires you in the kitchen, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from readers!