Meet Kath & Christine
A Family of Kitchen Gardeners
In the Garden
Kath and Chrissy come from a family full of avid gardeners and kitchen naturals. Kath tells stories about her Sicilian grandfather coming home with over-flowing boxes of fruits and veggies from the famous Rochester Public Market where he worked in produce sales. As far back as Chrissy can remember, her grandma Rose Marie (Kath’s mom) has been in the garden. Around every corner at Grandma’s house a flower or plant garden of some sort blooms. She’s convinced her grandfather (artist, natural architect and builder extraordinaire) actually built up their property just so her gardens could sprawl!
Kath is a patient gardener. She stands in the garden calmly hoeing her rows and laying the seeds one by one. Eager to see the garden grow, Chrissy takes cues from Kath on how to space the rows just so to allow a friendly home for each veggie. Chrissy is learning to become more patient, yet still calls on Kath every couple of days to check on the young plantings! “It’s my first time growing from seeds!” Chrissy adds. “Last year we started with young organic plants. This year will be a new adventure for me. Just in one day I learned so much from my mom about gardening patience!”
Getting to Know The Gals
Always smiling and joking, Kath is one of the most upbeat happy people you’ll ever come across. Her famous saying is, “everyday is a holiday!”
A naturally gifted artist, Kath has happily inherited the talents of both her parents. A typical day for Kath? One minute you’ll find her salvaging antique furniture, next she’s upside down creating a faux finish mural on the ceiling… Did we mention she can cook too? Just ask and she’ll have to admit her home-made sauce beckons quite the cult following!
Kath is the chief garden gal at Garden Eats. If you have a tricky gardening question, she’d love to hear from you!
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The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Chrissy evolved her interest in gardening by turning it into a career in medicine. After finishing her study of psychology she moved to California to study Integrative and Chinese medicine. Being the natural alchemist that she is, you’ll find her at the stove cooking up Chinese herbs and crafting medicinal culinary delights.
In her private practice, Chrissy instills the simple idea that, “food is good, savor it, let it be your friend.” You will never hear the word “diet” come out of her mouth! Blending her background in integrative medicine, clinical nutrition and medicinal culinary therapy, Chrissy helps her patients “become friends” with food to enjoy what they put in their mouths.
Stay tuned as she teams up with Garden Eats contributor, UK based executive chef, Magnus Mumby. Together, they’ll be bringing you what Chrissy calls medicinal culinary therapy! For a preview of what’s to come, check out her seasonal recipes here.
Christine is Garden Eats’ food therapy specialist. If you have a question, she will be delighted to hear from you!