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Home Cooking with DeLaura Padovan

You can’t get too far into a story about local food in this area without DeLaura Padovan’s name coming up. She was instrumental in establishing one of the first community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs in this area, she manages the vibrant King George Farmers Market and she’s lobbied for public policy decisions to help local food producers. She was even on the TV reality show “Wife Swap” a few years ago (story here). Today she shares with us a few essentials from her home kitchen, which has no electricity, microwave or refrigerator. Think about that the next time you complain about unloading the dishwasher.

King George market Manager DeLaura Padovan

Name: DeLaura Padovan

In a couple of sentences, tell us who you are and why you cook.

I live a modern pioneer lifestyle with my family; no microwave, refrigerator or electricity. Cooking is a quality-time, family affair, and we make most meals from scratch.

Describe your cooking style in three words.

Make. It. Up.

How did you learn to cook?

With my mom, aunts and grandmothers all my life.

Favorite cookbook (or online recipe source) of all time, or just of the moment?

Moosewood Cookbook #1, and King George Farmers’ Market Cookbook.

What is one dish on your menu this week that you’re excited about?

Sweet potato curry soup

What is one thing that must be in your pantry at all times?

Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute

What one kitchen gadget could you not live without?

My cast-iron Dutch oven

It’s 6 p.m., the people in your household are hungry and you just walked in from work and need to get something satisfying on the table as soon as possible. What’s your favorite thing to whip up in this situation?

Fried eggs, noodles or refried beans.

It’s a snowy Sunday, you’ve just done the grocery shopping and have the rest of the day to spend in the kitchen cooking a meal that will bring comfort. What’s for dinner?

Cream of celery and potato soup, roasted chicken with vegetables, and sweet potato biscuits

What is your favorite dish to make for pot-luck dinners?

Ambrosia, or homemade goat cheese with chives and corn chips

Do you have a favorite food source in the Fredericksburg region?

My backyard and the King George Farmer’s Market

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