About the "Farmer's Wife":
I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by "on-the-edge" culinary institutes such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and a whole fusion of tastes: Pacific Rim meets European Bistro and everything in between. My favorite always included the local Japanese restaurant visited weekly by my family (still my favorite) but there are so many restaurants in the Bay Area--you could eat at a different one every day for 5 years and never repeat yourself. Thus began my days as a gourmande (French for "gourmet girl"). After finishing my degree in Theater from UCLA, I lived in Europe for 6 years as Performing Arts Director for a Christian ministry. This fueled my passion for travel, and the quest for finding cultural connections within the local food. I remember very distinctly while in France walking down the road to the local dairy and lugging home jugs of fresh, raw milk. Also, the weekly farmers' markets where the real farmers would show up with their seasonal goods--and the Babushkas in the Ukraine lining the sidewalks sitting behind their piles of potatoes and sunflower seeds. Upon returning to Southern California with Jeff and Baby Joel, we were quickly swept into survival mode--both eventually taking on full-time jobs, buying our first home and running helter-skelter everywhere. Ironically, we call this period in our lives our "normal life"--one which sent Jeff daydreaming about a peaceful, organic farm somewhere surrounded by Amish and buggies. So after 7 years in California, I had to say goodbye to my beloved state once again and embark on what I was promised as "real life"--or at least "simple life." I'd conclude that it is both: "real simple life"!
Have a wonderful week!