Amy Sanford talks love of family dynamics & hating country cooking
(Amy Sanford works with the Department of Family and Children’s Services and is an amazing cook.)
You currently work with DFACS. How long have you been in that field?
I have worked with DFCS for a total of 10 years.
How did you become interested in working with children and families?
My major was sociology/psychology and I completed my internship with Lumpkin County DFCS. Family dynamics are fascinating to me. I love the interaction of my families.
I hear you are an excellent cook. Where did you learn to cook?
I learned how to cook from watching my mom and my grandmother. I watched them prepare meals influenced by southern tradition. I honestly hate country cooking because that’s all I knew as a child. I was making biscuits at the age of 11. It’s really one of the first things I was trusted with, the biscuit! I have also worked in many restaurants as a Sous Chef and attended post-secondary education for basic techniques.
Any favorites you especially enjoying cooking and eating?
My favorite food is slowly smoked pork shoulder burritos. I slowly smoke all my meat with apple wood chips, top it off with caramelized onions, toasted almonds, golden raisins, cilantro and garlic aioli, served on fresh pita bread. I also love homemade ice cream.
If you could have a dinner party with one historical person who would it be?
One person is tough, but it would have to be Oscar Wilde.
What's your favorite website?
Do you binge watch any shows on Netflix?
YES! I binge OITNB (Orange Is The New Black), The Walking Dead and Deadly Women.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
I was homeless for about three months when I turned 30. I couch surfed, lived in a pool house, stayed in a car and used the bathroom in a bucket behind said pool house. It seems weird saying I was homeless, but I was. I was even working at the time at the local DFCS office.
What is one of the funniest or most embarrassing stories your family tells about you?
My mother likes to tell everyone that I am addicted to Coca Cola. She woke me up every morning with a glass of soda, and would send me on my way to school. My mother brought me a glass of that good stuff until I graduated Gilmer High School. She tells everyone that I was spoiled. To me, it sounds like I had and still have a bit of a weight problem brought on by sugary drinks!