My name is Deb and I’m a native Oregonian and living in Portland, with my husband Terry, and the best little dog in the world, Miss Emmeline “Emma,” the miniature American Eskimo Dog. I retired in May 2019 after a career in marketing/ communications. And I love to cook — mostly healthier food that is flavorful and tasty. Sometimes I make up my own recipes, but typically I take someone else’s recipe and go from there. This blog is about telling stories from my misadventures and concoctions in my little square kitchen. It is dedicated to Alison, Celicia and Samantha — who faithfully listened to my cooking stories when we were a work team; and to my mom who among other things taught me to peel garlic and boil potatoes.