A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Houston with three siblings (Amy, Adam and Abby), two parents (Adele and Andy), and endless family pets (currently the family wiener dog, Allie). Yes, we all have “A” names. Yes, we all have red hair. Yes, we are a ginger army. I went to TCU (go frogs) and currently live in Dallas (go Texans) with my husband, Carter, and our two rescue dogs, Nilla and Jax..
I have loved everything about food and cooking for as long as I can remember. My mom cooked for the four kids and my dad almost every night when we were growing up, which is how I learned to cook. I love cooking anything and everything, and I created this blog so I could share all of my favorite recipes and meals.
So…what in the world does “forks up” mean, you ask? Forks up is a tradition that my friends and I have been doing since college. When dining with our friends, we raise our forks before each meal and clang them all together as a “cheers” before indulging in our food, announcing “forks up!”.
My best friend brought this tradition to us from the many years that her family and family friends have been doing it. Until recently, I didn’t realize the history behind it. Thanks to the Nettles and the Abercrombies for sharing the history of “forks up” with me, so I can share the tradition with you:
Forks up was created by Norman Eaton, owner of the Polonaise restaurant in Austin, Texas. At the time he owned it, it was one of the best restaurants in Austin catering to Austin society and the Texas legislature. Norman was an accomplished chef and traveler. While dining with friends or family, Norman loved to sit down to multi course meals, all over the world, and he would raise his fork and clang it with the forks of his fellow dinning mates before each course as a way to celebrate friends, family and a good meal.
I hope you enjoy this blog – I’ve only put my blood, sweat and tears into it...(not really, of course.)