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Bill and Valerie

I seem to be one of the few foodies in the world who DIDN’T grow up with fabulous food. My mother didn’t enjoy cooking, so it was just the basics – boxed mac ‘n cheese, the occasional pork chop & rice casserole and a lot of KFC.

For the first 37 years of my life, I was the same. Then I moved to Texas in 2004, and life conspired to get me into the kitchen.  Several months spent looking for a job and watching lots of Food Network got me thinking “I could do that.”

So I did! Now I cook dinner from scratch most nights of the week. I have my lazy nights, but most of the time I’m trying out a new recipe.

Over the years, as I’ve learned more about cooking, food, health and the environment, I’ve become more and more interested in eating and cooking with organic, sustainable, whole foods.  Unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn’t really have the same interests.  And because we live on a fairly tight budget, it’s not always easy to live greener.

This site’s mission is to learn and share techniques and recipes for living in a more wholesome, sustainable way, without breaking the budget and still satisfying my healthy-hating, junk-food-loving, born-in-Texas-so-everything-should-be-fried boyfriend’s picky palate.

My goals (always a work in progress):

  • Use organic / local ingredients whenever possible
  • Use Whole Food ingredients
  • Wean off of processed, packaged goods
  • Cook from scratch as much as possible
  • Reduce environmental impact

I realize that the above makes it sound like I am a virtuous, health-food-only eater.  Just take a look around at the recipes on the site and you’ll see that certainly isn’t true!  We do love our desserts at my house, so I tend to do a lot of those.  I enjoy candy making, so you’ll see some of that.  I’m really interested in beautiful food, and hope to find ways to plate  every day, home cooking that’s just as gorgeous as a restaurant (or better!).  I work a full time job, so I’m always looking for quick, easy and freezer friendly meals.

My cooking interests are pretty diverse, and tend to change on a whim, so don’t get too used to any one trend here at Don’t Forget Delicious.  :)

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you’ll take a look around, comment on a few things and hopefully find something you’d like to try.  Come back again soon!


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  • Dana said:


    Love your website! Noticed your profile on bakespace.com. I live in Sugar Land too. I love to cook – big into pastry and baking arts although being from a large Italian family and from the east coast originally, I do cook a lot of homestyle meals. Would love to share some healthy recipes as my hubby is trying to lose some weight and since he works a lot of shifts, it’s hard to eat healthy. Have you been to some of the farmer’s markets in the area? Discovery Green and also Monica Pope (T’afia) has a fresh market every weekend. Chinatown (Bellaire area) also Canino’s Market on Airline (north side) – very good produce.


  • Digigirl said:

    Thanks for the compliment! Great to hear from another Sugar Lander! (Sugar Landian? hmmm)I went to a couple of the farmer’s markets a few years ago, but it was kind of a long trip and it didn’t seem like they had much. Perhaps I need to give it another go!

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