My name is Dagny, named after Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged. I grew up in a family that loves to eat, and more importantly loves to cook. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, mixing, stirring, cutting…a little bit of everything to keep me busy until dinner time. My mother was Italian and therefore we cooked a lot of that. In addition, I grew up in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, which has an eclectic mix of Puerto Rican and West Indian, with all the Spanish, French, English, and Indian influences tossed in.
Cooking and eating are definitely family affairs. My two daughters (9 and 13) regularly participate in making food, including cutting the vegetables, tasting the barbeque, adding the milk and cheese to the mac ‘n cheese or tossing the salad. They also regularly cook with Poppa John in his coffee pot.