Today on Sunday Supper Super Stars: Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Who is Heather: I’m a city girl who moved to a rural town for my job. It’s been a huge change for me as we only have a couple of markets and everything I need is not readily available. While I was skeptical about staying here, I met my husband here and we’ve settled in.
I have followed in my mother’s footsteps and am a special education teacher. While my first 3 years were spent in a self-contained classroom with students who had behavioral and emotional disabilities, I am currently an inclusion teacher working with students in grades K-5 with a variety of disabilities.
I’ve always had a love of baking and started decorating cookies and making cupcakes at a young age. I took every cooking class available in high school and learned the basic skills I needed to cook. I really didn’t start cooking more advanced recipes until I met my husband. I’ve since learned how to cook just about anything. My husband says my Asian cooking is the best which is funny because I hardly ever had Asian food growing up. In fact, I stopped eating it for about 15 years and didn’t start eating it again until I was in college.
I started blogging in the summer of 2010 after our wedding. I found I had spent the last 15 months working on the wedding and suddenly had a lot of free time on my hands. I put together my love of cooking and reading and my blog was born. Little did I know that blogging would become so much more than just posting recipes and book reviews. I have a whole new set of friends from around the globe, some of whom I’ve met in real life and others who I’ve only spoken with on the computer, who have been an amazing support system and a great source of encouragement.
Her favorite #SundaySupper theme so far: My favorite Sunday Supper theme was Preserving the Harvest. Not only did I host this event, it’s something I’m really passionate about. I made Mixed Berry Jam with Rhubarb which we’ve been enjoying throughout the winter. I loved seeing all the canned items and have since made many of them.
Her most popular #SundaySupper post: My most popular post was by far the Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili for Soul Warming Foods. It’s a delicious, creamy chili filled with chicken, peppers, jalapeños, and cheese. It even won a chili contest this year!
-I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan! I watch them every week then my dad and I call each other and talk about the touchdowns.
-I am very musical. Most people don’t know that I can play the piano, but I really enjoy it. I also am a singer, as my students at school could tell you. I sang the National Anthem at a minor league baseball game and went to college on a partial choir scholarship.
-My brother and I were sibling record holders in high school in pole vaulting. Pole vaulting was fairly new in high schools and my brother and I both excelled at it.
-I’ve been featured twice in Taste of Home Magazine for recipes I’ve created. One was in a Christmas issue that featured my Turtle Cookie Cups and the other was cooking with fresh produce which featured my Farm Fresh Quiche.
-I have won two chili contests. One was an online chili contest won with my Jalapeño Chicken Chili and the other was a supermarket contest over four states where I won with my Chipotle Beef Chili.