This is My Story

I love food. I love everything about it and I have for a very long time. The first memories I have of food were of family dinners as a child at my grandmother’s house on Sundays.  I loved the smells that came from that kitchen. To this day, whenever I catch the scent of a pot roast cooking, it takes me back to my youth. My mother is a great cook too. She made dishes that to this day I crave. We almost always sat down to a meal as a family growing up and it was homemade, from scratch. I watched my mom when she was cooking and at a young age I began helping to prepare family meals. I liked it. It was calming for me to cook. I liked being in the kitchen. I think my father was the most influential person in my culinary education. He introduced me to new things and showed me the world of food and the emotions that come with it. Eating and cooking were experiences to him. Not just a way to get nutrients. He showed me how enjoyable it is to dine with other people, and how rewarding it is to create something that other people enjoy eating. Some of the fondest memories in my life are cooking and sharing food with the people that I love. I should have had a career in food…..

However, I chose another path in life.  Healthcare. I have been a dental hygienist for over 20 years. It’s been very rewarding and has allowed me the flexibility to raise children, travel and have an adventurous life outside of work, and for that, I am grateful. I’m a Wyoming native and really don’t picture myself living anywhere else. This is my home. I’ve thought about moving and changing careers from time to time, as I am sure a lot of people do, but have realized that I have it made. I have a good job that pays well and is flexible. I’m good at what I do and I rarely bring work home with me. When I have thought about changing careers though, I’ve thought about careers in food. Being a restaurant owner, chef, food critic, caterer, and party planner. Since college and into my adult life I have found that I gravitate to all things food. I love dining out. I’ll try anything. I read tons of food magazines and food blogs. My fullest board on Pinterest is one entitled, “all things food”. I own way too many cookbooks and kitchen gadgets. I watch a lot of food tv, and I REALLY enjoy entertaining and cooking for my family and friends. I’m happiest when cooking.

Recently, my sister encouraged me to write a food blog of some sort. This got me thinking. I could do this! But what would I write about? What would the blog be like? Would I critique restaurants? Would I write reviews? Is anyone already doing this? Would there be anything to write about? Does anyone care about Wyoming, let alone it’s food? I was hooked on this idea of writing a blog and for the next few days I couldn’t get it out of my head. Then I figured it out… I will write about all things food and food related in the state of Wyoming,  all the while showcasing the history, the beauty and the wonderful people that live here. I’ve lived in Wyoming my whole life. I have family, friends and colleagues all over the state and they could help me in this endeavor.  I wanted this to be different than just reviews of restaurants. I wanted to dive deeper. I hope to investigate what’s going on in the smallest of towns, the smallest of restaurants. I want to meet people who love food just as much as I do. I want to attend food festivals, and beer festivals and farmer’s markets.  I want to interview people that grow food. I want to take pictures of food. Maybe I could incorporate the history of our state. I want to see more and taste more!

So I started  investigating and writing. I look forward to this venture, what it could become and what I can learn. I am eager to show Wyoming’s food culture. I know it has one. I’ve only begun and I already have so much to share. So keep checking in with me. Maybe you too will become…..addicted.

 

Founder and Editor-Tanna Nagy

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