Adventure Living! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance!

When I read Ann’s bio about sitting on the stool in her grandmother’s kitchen, I’m so reminded of my own mother.  She speaks about her grandmother’s practicality with living and cooking, the same as my Mom, I can identify with folding and re-using foil, wrapping in Adventure in Life! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance! wax paper, not throwing out anything, including the rinds of watermelon–those were to be pickled!  As Ann says, there is much we can learn from the ‘Great Generation’~~and now in today’s world we need to heed their green ideas, their concepts of re-cycling, and their outlook on frugality.  Ann knew her grandmother’s kitchen as ‘The Fountain Avenue Kitchen’, and her blog and cooking is a tribute to her dear grandmother.  Being able to sit down and talk to Ann, whom I’ve known for quite a while on Facebook as a treasured foodie friend, is like getting a special Christmas present~~pull up a stool and eavesdrop as we chat~~

Ann, what are some of the things on your bucket list and why?

Whenever I hear the term “bucket list”, I think I should have one, and I don’t!  While there are so many places I would love to go and things that I would enjoy doing, I am at a stage in my life where, as much as I am usually exhausted at the end of each busy day, I truly enjoy every day for what it is.  I think it is partially because my kids are at such great ages—10 and 14—and I know how fleeting these years are.  Someday, I am sure I will have an extensive bucket list, but for now I tend to be Adventure in Life! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance! focused on the day at hand. 

OK, I know there’s more to you than cooking…what’s a juicy tidbit about you as a person, you now, your past?

A few interesting tidbits about my past include working on an ambulance, completing an Olympic-distance triathlon and a marathon, and living for a time in Madrid. Also, I married someone who I first met at a day camp at age 4, although we didn’t date until after college!    Adventure in Life! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance!

What defines you, Ann, as a person other than a kitchen/cooking and family?

My parents always set the example of doing meaningful community service and that has been an important part of my life since high school.  As an adult, I have volunteered for our local Boys & Girls Club for the better part of 20 years and have been very involved with Girls on the Run.  One of my favorite roles has been serving as a running buddy to young girls who are trying to complete their first 5K.  

So much of your cooking came from your grandmother’s kitchen, how would you describe your style of cooking?

Adventure in Life! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance! My style of cooking comes from a place of wanting to care for those around me and to eat well.  It is generally healthy and uncomplicated and relies on fresh ingredients, basic techniques, and interesting flavor and texture combinations. When baking muffins and breads, I like to develop recipes that are whole grain and healthy whenever possible.  I also experiment with gluten free recipes and enjoy variety and trying new things.  I do have a sweet tooth and live by the “everything in moderation” mantra.  My ultimate weakness is ice cream…and dark chocolate peanut M&Ms.  

When cooking for yourself, which is probably rare, what sort of food would you typically prepare?

When cooking for myself, I like nothing better than a big, hearty dinner salad that incorporates lots of greens, a protein like salmon or chicken, nuts, cheese, and an assortment of fruits and veggies.  I make lots of different salad dressings that can truly make a simple homemade salad taste as good (or better!) than what we enjoy in a restaurant.  

You feed a lot of folks!  Which dishes are your family/friends’ favorites and why do you think they enjoy them so much?

It is hard to choose one favorite, but I think many of my friends and family would say the peanut butter and coconut eggs that I make Adventure in Life! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance!
every Easter.  For years, I have made hundreds of these candies to give to an ever-growing list of people.  Each year, I contemplate not doing it because it is quite an undertaking.  Ultimately, it is a labor of love that my grandmother began many years ago.  In a small way, I feel as though I am honoring her memory by continuing this tradition.  And they are really tasty!!

OK, now to the really good stuff, Ann!  What have you featured for us from your adventurous Fountain Avenue Kitchen?


Parmesan Crusted Salmon









13 thoughts on “Adventure Living! Triathlon, Marathon & Working on an Ambulance!”

  1. Dear Ally thank you for hosting these interviews that allow us to get up close and personal with such inspiring friends in our Foodie world. Ann you really are an amazing lady and I love hearing about your stories of being in your Grandmother’s kitchen. You also share the same ideals as me in the way you embrace each day and make the most of it. Thank you Ann for sharing so much of yourself with us.

    Beverley xoxo

    1. Beverley, you are so right about Ann…she’s living the ‘orange’ life…squeezing out of every day the sweet nectar, then when none’s left, she’ll zest for more action! Thank you for stopping by, angel! xo

    2. You are so thoughtful, Beverley, and I appreciate every kind word. How lucky I am to have connected with you–all the way across the ocean, no less–through this fabulous world of food!

  2. Ally, I’ve met more nice folks as the result of your interviews and Ann is one of them! Maybe it’s my soft spot for “Grandma’s cookin'”… or the way you draw out the “heart” in people. Either which way, Ann’s life & times were a fascinating read. Great interview!

    1. Kimby! You always have the most poignant words to express your warm sentiments! Yes, Grandma’s cooking left imprints on many of us, and we’re forever seared w/their magic…thank you, sweet friend for coming by to sit a spell, read, and have a littl’ tottie w/me!! xo Ally

    2. Kimby, you are just the sweetest! I think you are right…it’s the combination of the previous generations’ influence and Ally’s special way that makes all Ally touches something special!

  3. Thank you, dear Ally, for the kind feature! It is such an honor to have been interviewed by you and to be given space on your wonderful page. I admire you as much for your cooking as I do for all you do for those around you. It is a privilege to call you my friend!

    1. Miss Ann!! YOU, my dear, can occupy as much space as you want b/c what you do is so fabulous…you make others happy w/your energy, smile, and love that comes through each and everything you do!! Thank YOU for being part of the fabulous foodies here!! And, I, too, have you in a short list of dear friends! xo

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