Where I live now: Dubai
My birthplace and where I call home home: New Iberia, Louisiana. This is where I got my cooking “roots” because in New Iberia food trumps all. My grandmothers showed they loved us by cooking for us. We showed we loved them by eating it all. Over the years, I have learned to make their special dishes, but I still can’t match my paternal grandmother’s fried chicken.
My hometown by virtue of sheer years of presence and family still living there: Houston, Texas. Texas is big and bold and independent and proud. It teaches never give up, never give up, never give up. If you grow up in Houston, Texas, you can go anywhere with confidence.
My immediate family: A lovely husband who works all the hours God sends, grills the best steak in town (wherever we live), brings flowers for no reason on occasion, whom I would follow anywhere till the ends of the earth;
Two extraordinary daughters, both talented and smart. The elder one graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and her little sister will graduate from RISD this May. They are beautiful, compassionate, passionate girls and I could not be more proud.
And last but not least, one silly Boxer named Beso. Because Boxers need B names.
My professional background: Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. My short-lived career included stints at the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Houston, TX), editor at an advertising agency and publisher, and public relations officer at InterContinental Hotels (Abu Dhabi, UAE.) As publications director, I edited the American Association of Malaysia’s monthly magazine for four years.
Why I've lived so many places: Both my father and husband work in the oil industry and company transfers are common. We go where they send us! I lived several years overseas as a child. And many, many more as a grownup.
Here are the places I’ve had a bedroom: Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad; Caracas, Venezuela; Houston, Texas; Houma, Louisiana; Negritos, Peru; Maracaibo, Venezuela; Jakarta, Indonesia; Austin, Texas; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Balikpapan, Indonesia; Paris, France; Macaé, Brazil; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Cairo, Egypt and now, Dubai. Some of these, more than once over the years!
Why Food Lust People Love? I’ve been asked more than a few times how I came up with my blog name. Right up there with food is my love of language. I’m kind of a word geek, with whole shelves on my bookcase devoted to books about the English language, its derivations, word etymologies, idioms and euphemisms. As devoted as I am to the correctly written word, I also like mixing things up. So, in Food Lust People Love, the nouns Food and People are actually used as adjectives, modifying the words Lust and Love. Too much grammar? Well, then, lets just say that my blog is called Food Lust People Love because we can Lust after fabulous Food but it’s People we should Love. And the best way to love them is just like my Cajun grandmothers did, by cooking for them.
Something many people don’t know about me: I loved Harriet the Spy as a child. Not because she spied on people, but because she wrote notes and hypothesized on paper. Writing has always come naturally to me and Harriet’s looked like the perfect gig. Harriet’s saving grace at the end of the story, was becoming the editor of her school newspaper. What could be cooler than that?
“She found that when she didn't have a notebook it was hard for her to think. The thoughts came slowly, as though they had to squeeze through a tiny door to get to her, whereas when she wrote, they flowed out faster than she could put them down.” – Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.
My blog design was created by my talented elder daughter, Victoria. She graduated from RISD in 2013. Her website is here and her blog is here. She is happy to take commissions as time allows.
Any questions? You can write me (Stacy Rushton) at foodlustpeoplelove [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thanks for stopping by!