Meet Jean Roth.
One of my oldest friends once told me that I could be Martha Stewart. But aside from the cooking (and a little bit of knitting and crocheting), I’m totally useless at crafts. I’ve never met Jean in person, and to tell you the truth, I can’t even remember where I met her on the Net, but it’s a good thing I did, because Jean is so good at crafts, she even sells them online, and for real money!
This amazing woman is a legend. The Toolbelt Diva of Recipezaar, she is just as handy with a hammer as she is with a whisk. There are so many ways you could describe this woman, proud Canadian, survivor, author, Dragonlady of the dragon boats of Toronto, daughter, sister, friend… and yet, she is also entirely indescribable. Don’t even try it, you wouldn’t be able to get it all in during your lifetime.
Mamaliga lover, vintner, the list goes on. I have gotten to know Ileana through her recipes, her emails, her poetry and her jokes. But don’t take my word for it. Come and meet her, in her own words.
Meet Hannah Katsman. Hannah is a very busy woman. I am a huge fan of both of her blogs. Yes, the woman writes two blogs, among other bits and pieces and major articles. I sometimes wonder where I am going to find the time for my one piddly blog, and Hannah manages to write interesting posts for both of her blogs, Cooking Manager and A Mother in Israel.
Hannah is a woman of many talents. She can tell you ten different ways to cook a turnip. She hosts her own Israeli baby names forum. She’s a highly respected breast feeding coach. She has a wonderful interview series on Cooking Manager (she even interviewed me), and she was clever enough to even interview herself! When her son became bar mitzvah a while back she did all the catering herself for three Shabbat meals for 35 people! I’m sure you agree, Hannah is SuperHannah! But none of this impresses me as much as the fact that the woman is a human GPS.
It was a dark and stormy night…
Meet Yaara Di Segni. I have. Yaara is one of my food friends that I actually have met in real life, and she’s become more than a foodie contact on the Internet, she’s become a good friend. We get together for sushi, we meet up for breakfast, and we actually have conversations that have nothing to do with food. With my one-track mind (stay out of this, Ju-Boy, I’m talking about food), that is an amazing feat in and of itself, especially that Yaara and I first met online, almost 20 years ago on a wonderful listserv called Foodwine. Foodwine still exists, and many of the originals are still hanging out in what they call the Cave, but I am long gone, with Yaara as a cherished souvenir.
Meet Irmgard Upmanis. I first “met” Irmgard in 2003 when she joined Recipezaar. She quickly became an active member with some yummy recipes. We chatted on site, we chatted off site, we became Facebook friends, and when I started up Miriyummy Irmgard was one of my very first readers. I can always depend on her for a good joke. After over 20 years of getting email jokes (I got the Mrs. Field’s cookie story/recipe just last week, for the 23,697th time!), Irmgard always manages to find a new one to send me.
Anyone who posts a recipe for Nutella Banana Bread is worth meeting, right?
Be careful of the questions you ask, because what you give is what you get returned.
Meet Leah Schapira. I didn’t find Leah, she found me. She must have one of the coolest jobs around, writing about food and also starting up her new recipe-sharing website, Cook Kosher. Leah is good for my ego, asking me to write little bits and pieces for the site. I’m so glad she agreed to be interviewed, so come and learn all about Leah with me!