My husband Harry and I.
I am a
38 39 year old home and professionally schooled cook. My education started early by watching and helping my mother and grandmothers in their resepective kitchens. All three were and are talented women who used the best ingredients they could get their hands on and/or afford. My two grandmothers were young women before the Great Depression started and instilled in me a love cooking and the process of obtaining and turning raw materials into wonderful meals. These women also exposed me to my ethnic background through recipes and food and was able to experience through taste my Russian/Jewish, Polish, and German/Catholic roots.
I have memories of doing a lot of baking with my mother. She always baked fresh cookies and insisted upon making cupcakes and frosting from scratch for bake sales and birthdays. With three kids, she also was able to involve all of us in the process of making a multitude of holiday cookies and daily family meals. My mom started her professional career as a recipe tester at General Foods in White Plains, NY. I remember hearing stories about her testing Jello and other food articles that passed through the test kitchen at General Foods. I started experimenting with food and recipes when I still needed a stool to reach the kitchen counter. I am grateful that my mother involved me in making and planning meals for the rest of my family.
I subscribe to a mostly vegetarian diet except for the fact that I eat fish. For a while I abstained from dairy. I have gone back to drinking milk and eating dairy products and am in the process of joining a dairy collective to get my hands on raw milk , cheeses, and grass fed/pastured protein sources.
Presently, I am living my dream by attending The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts chef training program. I also had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition/Columbia University in NYC in 2007 where I graduated as a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. Since then I have honed my skills as a Natural Foods Cook/Chef by constantly cooking/experimenting with food.
I am also a cookbook junkie and seem to have a new one everytime I leave the bookstore. I have tried to curb this habit by borrowing cookbooks from the library but the library doesn’t particularly like it when their books are returned with olive oil stains. I love to travel, visit markets, and beg people for recipes when I’ve had a good one.
In addition to my love of food and cooking, I also love to exercise. One of my biggest achievements is that I have lost 40 lbs over the past 4 years and that I have maintained that loss. If I can do it, anyone can do it! I love to run, spin, practice yoga/pilates/lift weights, and am looking forward to adding kettlebells to my exercise routine. I run about 4-9 miles a day and run races as well. I recently completed my second half marathon and the Vermont 50k in the summer of 2011. I prefer to run outside but in the winter months I venture in to the treadmill in the gym.
I also give cooking lessons/demos to anyone who wants them! Why not book a lesson for you and a few friends. I’ll even throw in a bottle of Long Island wine! I can also bake goodies for your next occasion!
Please enjoy my blog and let me know how you like my recipes. I am a novice photographer so any suggestions are always welcome!
Nancy Sobel Butcher
Blogger since 2008, writing about food, recipes, cooking, eating, travelling, and exercise on this blog and Food52 (http://food52.com).
Dedicated cook/baker, food crafter, writer, researcher, and fact checker (a stint temping for Vogue and Lucky Magazine helped).
Web and diligent digital photo enthusiast with professional work standards and conduct.
2008 – Present
Conceptualized and developed testkitchenette blog (http://testkitchenette.wordpress.com) using WordPress platform
Conduct all recipe development, testing, editing, writing, and photographing of blog posts.
Contribute recipes and test recipes on Food 52 (http://food52.com) for upcoming book publication.
Develop and contribute recipes to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (http://integrativenutrition.com) website.
Blogging Software: WordPress
Front End Systems: MS Office
Text Formatting: html tags
Institute for Culinary Education, NYC
Chocolate Intensive, December 2010
The Natural Gourmet Institute , NYC
Vegan Baking, Winter 2008
Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC
Professional Training Program, 2007-2008
Touro College, NYC
M.S. Special Education/Elementary Education, 2008
Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
B.F.A. Textile Surface Design/Art History, 1999
For references, please contact me.