Tracy Dempsey's Perfect Food Day
Her husband's work for SRP eventually bought her to the Valley. Even with a successful teaching career, she paused her employment as an ESL instructor at ASU and studies toward a PhD in French Literature, to work for Santa Barbara Catering. In less than a year, she was hooked. She enrolled in Scottsdale Community College's Culinary Program in the Spring of 1999. In February 2001, she became the Pastry Chef at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn after impressing Executive Chef Patrick Poblete with her garam marsala pound cake with a dried fruit compote and chai tea ice cream. She's been wowing the entire eating community with her talents at Restaurant Hapa, Gregory's World Bistro, Cowboy Ciao, and most recently her own endeavor Tracy Dempsey Originals. TDO is a "retail and wholesale desserts and confections business. Presently, her desserts may be found at The House at Secret Garden, Citizen Public House and Alchemy at the Copperwynd Resort. Her packaged confections may be found at Smeeks, Urban Grocery, Wedge & Bottle, Bonne Lait, Fossil Creek Creamery, Changing Hands Bookstore and Dos Cabezas Winery."
Thank goodness for Tracy Dempsey. She's an outstanding writer, too.
Here is her perfect food day:
|Catching up with the Bostocks of Dos Cabezas, cooking and snacking on goldfish (Griffin Bostock's favorite)|
Breakfast: I obsessed and obsessed as I am wont to do about anything food related and decided that my perfect food day is really a culmination of two things- food made with love shared with those I love. And so begins my perfect food day. It starts with breakfast shared with my husband. Over soft boiled eggs from Singh Farms, MJ Bread toast soldiers and crisp Tender Belly bacon for dipping in the runny yolks, we discuss our plans for the day. We'll conclude with a sweet, fragrant Charentais melon from Seacat Gardens (probably wrested from the melon eating coyotes by Carl himself) and a great cup of coffee -- hot from the press (I often wake up too late to share in a really hot French press of coffee and wind up warming it in the microwave -- bad form, I know, so this really IS perfect). Tucking into a comforting breakfast always gives rise to the important question of the day... "What's for lunch and dinner?" Well, since my perfect food day will include a trip to Sonoita where we will visit our friends, Todd and Kelly Bostock at their winery where they will be working, we will set to prepping a meal that travels well.
|Homemade ice cream and cookies for dessert.|
It is at these times when I am reminded of a line from a tune called "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction -- "...we choose no kin but adopted strangers". It contains references to weakening family ties -- "...weakened by the lengths we travel..." all of these are right on, but this line sums up the lives of many of us in a society where it isn't unusual for a family to be spread all over the place. Growing up, I moved around a lot -- SE Asia, Europe, the US and something that my folks taught me was that family isn't only your blood relatives. Family is often the one we create along our journey. Some of the most memorable meals, trips and holidays I had as a kid were spent with our "adopted" family in Indonesia -- food and cooking always brought us together. That family lives up the road in Fountain Hills now. My blood family may be spread out all over the place (my parents have lived in Muscat, Oman for the past 10 years), but I have these other families with whom I share a common love for good food, cooking and fellowship. Food has often been an expression of love -- something that is wonderful to give to others and equally wonderful to receive. Sharing food that has been produced with love in the company of those you love -- sounds like the makings of a perfect food day to me!