We have always enjoyed our interviews with home cooks because they seem to love talking about food as much as we do.
The gracious Deborah Vanley is famous in Laguna Beach for her baked goods. Making breads and desserts is her passion.
"That's the main reason I get invited to people's houses," she says with a smile.
She is a home cook but has a lot of professional training under her belt. One might say that she has a black belt in pastry.
While her children were still at home, she served a different fresh baked dessert every evening, much to the delight of her neighbors who were the recipients of the leftovers.
Deborah's family is from South Dakota and even though they moved to Southern California when she was a child, she was raised on hearty farm food prepared by her mom, who was a good cook.
After graduate school, she became a pharmacist and her husband, Christopher, a physician. The couple worked for six months and saved all their money for a six-month trip, eating their way around the world.