You know what covering the food beat for four years has taught me? That cooks and many other people involved in the world of food are artists, and not in the sense that they make things that are nice to look at, although they do that as well.
What I mean with that comparison is that the world of food is packed with people who work out of the sheer joy of what they are doing. They seem driven by an internal fire that can only be quenched by the edible things they create, and I love them for being like that.
An e-mail received this morning reminded me of this. It was from one Kelly Dewey, who started the small Tucson business Rex's Perogies last year.
"I started this business on my own and work extemely hard to provide quality yummy Perogies to Tucsonans!" writes Dewey. " I hand make every single one from the dough to the fillings and make 100's a week! We make 4 types Potato & Cheese, Potato, cheese & Roasted green chile, Sauerkaut & onion and Mushroom & onion."
Check in at Rex's Perogies website for more information on where to find these delicious Polish dumplings.