About The Author
Angela is a self-taught home cook who came from humble beginnings. She enjoys learning from other self-taught home cooks and Professional Chefs alike. She is the Founder of “Your Next Great Dish™,” and the popular Blog of the same name.
In addition to her corporate job, Angela is a Food Writer, Blogger, and Recipe Developer.
Angela has plans to expand her business to include a line of sauces, seasonings, rubs, and fresh baked goods. In the near future, Angela plans to have a fully equipped Certified Domestic Kitchen constructed on the nine acres she and her husband share with her parents Mark and Sue.
Recently, Angela, and her husband Bill, relocated from Knoxville, Tennessee to Athens, Tennessee. They have been together for 18 years and married 17 years. When they find spare time, they enjoy almost anything outdoors, traveling and spending time with family.
Angela enjoys hearing from her readers! To send feedback, or questions, visit the connect page.
A Story from the Kitchen
It was Thanksgiving 2002, my house smelled of the family’s soon-to-be feast. There was the turkey, golden brown in color, the stuffing (because in the South, it’s stuffing not dressing), regardless of whether it’s in the bird or not. There was the brightly colored green beans, creamy, buttery mashed potatoes, amazing sweet potato casserole, and, of course, the entire family. This was the first Thanksgiving in our new home. There was my mom, dad, aunt Janice, cousin Joey, aunt Diana and uncle Mike, my grandmother Grano, and, of course, my husband and I. As we all gathered around the kitchen to pile the bounty onto our plates and consume a few days’ worth of calories, I noticed one important thing! The only plates that were loaded up were mine and my husband’s. Something was up but what was it? As it turns out, because my family didn’t think I could actually pull off cooking a full, holiday meal (I really wasn’t a cook at all), they thought it would be a bright idea to stop along the way and get a quick hamburger from that chain restaurant with the yellow arch in their logo. Of course, after they tasted my food they felt ashamed, a sense of guilt (at least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it). However, their story is that they were hungry and it was a long drive. They claimed they didn’t know how long it would be before the meal was ready. They weren’t sure if they could wait that long to eat. (Yes, I can laugh now, but I was pretty annoyed at the time). But, I hope you enjoyed this story. It’s sad, but true! I guess you could say I have the last laugh!
For Everyone Else Who Have Supported Me Through This Journey…
Thanks to my friends, family, acquaintances and social media followers that have encouraged, inspired and supported me on my culinary journey. Without your support, feedback and education I would not be where I am today.
I’d like to give a special thanks to a few people who have especially offered their expertise:
To Blaise Doubman for always being there to help me with any baking questions and for testing some recipes in this cookbook! Blaise has the best sense of humor. From his “wife” Britney and his hilarious Christmas cards to his outstanding apology card to me from a famous celebrity, he cracks me up.
To Angela Marie Perkins for being so willing to teach me, to share her recipes, to always be available to me. She is a wealth of knowledge. She’s hilarious! I will never forget the flipper video! I am excited to be cooking with her in September! I’m sure it will be an action-packed, sleepless two and a half days.