Welcome to my new blog!

There have been so many changes in my world these last few years, so I thought it was time for a fresh start here. My goal is to post something new at least a few times a week. I hope you will all remind me if I start slacking. Life gets busy, but it shouldn’t be too busy for your passions. Food is one of mine. Food and dancing. But this will be about food.

In May of 2013 (the 22nd to be exact), with the help of my boyfriend Creg, I moved my parents from the suburbs of DC to our new duplex in San Rafael, CA. To say it was a bit of a culture shock for them would be an understatement! Earlier that month, we had moved our own things here from our apartment in San Francisco, then got on a plane and packed up their house. Later that month, Creg proposed, so we had a new family to get used to and a wedding to plan. On top of all of that, I decided to get a job closer to home – what’s one more change? Creg and I were married in June of 2014, and now that we’re old married folks, we have settled into a nice routine, cooking dinner for the “rents” as we call them, 5 or 6 nights a week.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. As one of the “rents”, let me start by doing what a mother always does (especially a Jewish mother) — correct her daughter. It says that this was “Posted on October 8, 2015 by Valerie Jackson” It is still October 7, according to my calendar (and I also live in San Rafael). But apart from that, I do want to welcome her endeavor, which is truly important, and hope it continues for a long time. Viva Valeria!

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