A mother-daughter duo, Donna and Emily bring you Preserving Good Stock after many, many utterances from our lips that “We should write a book,” and a great deal of harassment from friends and family to share our secrets and favorite recipes.
Donna, a native of a small, Texas-to-the-core town in the Texas Panhandle, is the product of great cooks on all sides of her family. After moving to Dallas in the 1980’s, she held two jobs to make ends meet as a single mom: one, an unforgiving sales job in commercial interiors, and the other, as a caterer and co-owner of a food business. When the hours and lifestyle competed too greatly to have a youngster, she left the food business for the corporate world. Fortunately, her passion for food never left her. Boasting a library of cookbooks that would put most universities’ to shame, she prepares beyond-gourmet meals whenever the chance was presented, and each holiday season creates much-anticipated gift baskets for friends and loved ones who make “the list.” From cooking for the ranch hands to catering parties and selling jams and cookies commercially, she’s a self-taught cook that has run the gamut of cooking, eating, and life as a whole.
Emily, the lucky youngster that grew up in such a delicious childhood (someone had to taste!), has been in the kitchen since a stool would let her see the counter top. Years of helping Donna in the kitchen as she grew up have left her with a knack for both cooking and baking. Now living in Atlanta after graduating from Auburn, she’s experienced some of the South’s most amazing food. A thirty-something immersed in the corporate world, her heart still very much lives in the kitchen. Where so many people find the thought of going home to make dinner after a full day in the office, Emily finds it completely therapeutic, always preferring trying a new recipe or making an old favorite to take out or delivery.
Our goal with Preserving Good Stock is just that, to sustain and share the great traditions, recipes, and celebrations that have been instilled in us by our friends and family along the way.