Stacy comes to us with years of experience and passion cooking for her family and professionally.

Stacy is energized by the planning and preparation of healthy, nourishing ingredients and meals. As personal chef to a community of Waldorf educators and parents, Stacy has discovered that "working to provide meals that sustain them and meet their dietary needs has allowed me to learn many nuances in cooking, such as vegan, paleo, and many variations of vegetarian. What amazes me most is how a well crafted bowl of warm soup can bring all these individuals of different needs and preferences together, while filling the bodies and souls with with the fuel and energy to continue their work in the world. It feels like pure alchemy as humble ingredients shapeshift into a fulfilling meal."

Stacy is excited to cook for the Soul Journey retreat this December. 

 

 

What Stacy wrote:

Growing up there was one time that I loved more than most, and that was anytime I was helping my grandmother in the kitchen. Side by side, she taught me how to peel vegetables so that I wouldn't waste any more than necessary, how to quickly cut the tiny cubes of cold butter into flour to make a flaky pie crust, and how to use my nose and taste buds to season a dish until it was just right. So began my love of cooking and creating meals for my loved ones. Cooking with her was always time out of time for me, and it continues to be so as I cook for my own family, many years and kitchens later. 

As a new mother, I became intensely (okay, maybe obsessively--I was a new mom!) interested in nutrition and diet, wanting to find the best for my little one as she grew and developed. I was introduced to Weston A. Price and the "Nourishing Traditions" cookbook and had a ball learning about fermentation and the importance of unadulterated foods. My daughter was soon discovered to be in need of a gluten-free diet to optimize her health, so a foray was taken into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. (My how things have improved in the last 9 years for the gluten-free!) Several precious years were spent playing with various flour blends to make the tastiest and most nutritious breads, collecting local fruit from friends and farms and putting them up in jars as my love of canning grew and developed, and two more little girls joined our family, each with their own needs and preferences. 

Now cooking continues to be a source of fulfillment and pleasure as I embark on my third year of being a personal chef for a beautiful Waldorf early childhood education training called LifeWays California Coast. Through this experience I have had the thrill of learning how to cook healthy, nourishing meals for up to 40 people, all of whom are either mothers, preschool teachers, nannies, educators, and caregivers for the very young. Nourishing the nurturer has been deeply fulfilling and transformative for me, and speaks to the heart of why I love to prepare foods for others. Working with these women (and a few men!) to provide meals that sustain them and meet their dietary needs has allowed me to learn many nuances in cooking, such as vegan, paleo, and many variations of vegetarian. What amazes me most is how a well crafted bowl of warm soup can bring all these individuals of different needs and preferences together, while filling the bodies and souls with with the fuel and energy to continue their work in the world. It feels like pure alchemy as humble ingredients shapeshift into a fulfilling meal. And so I am excited to cook for you as we embark on this retreat together. 

"Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all." ~ Harriet Von Horne