Sweet inspiration struck when Maureen Dudgeon entered a contest to create a cookie that best pairs with Fonseca Bin 27 Porto, a port wine. Dudgeons Portofignos recipe won the grand prize in the contest judged by New York chocolatier Jacques Torres and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. Dudgeons baking skills reflect her nurturing nature.
When Ryan Hopkins makes meals for his family, everyone tastes the love. The family of five savors the ritual of eating together, and they all share cooking duties, with Hopkins serving as head chef. Everyone has a part to play in the kitchen, he says.
Joe Kieszkowski woos and wows with his food. Kieszkowski started to cook when Linda, his wife of nearly 50 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. After Lindas death nearly two years ago, Kieszkowski finds solace in his kitchen where he prepares meaningful meals for friends and family.
Alyvia Elliott channels her mother both in the kitchen and life. A nurturer by nature, Elliott has been on the receiving end of compassionate cooking since her mother and baby daughter both named Claudette died last year.