Red Fish Hash & Fresh TroutPhoto by: Sande Bilton
EAT: Timmy Bilton & I met in November, 2000. At that time we had both been divorced from our first spouses for a couple of years. We were instantly attracted to one another and began dating. Although Timmy was a gracious date, taking me to dinner, dancing & movies, our favorite date became our weekly Friday night dinners at his house. Every Friday night, he would invite me over and by the time I would get there he would have some music on, a great bottle of wine opened and great smells coming from the kitchen. I would sit at his kitchen table, enjoy a glass a wine and watch him put together some wonderful meals, using ingredients I had never even heard of or seen before! Every week was something completely different and I realized that I would never eat the same thing twice with Timmy because he didn't remember what he did from week to week!! My desire to have some of these dishes again inspired me to start taking notes while he was cooking. We turned these notes into recipes with Timmy giving each recipe a clever title. Within a year, I had enough recipes to put together an entire cookbook! This book not only had all of Timmy's recipes but it also chronicled our Friday night's together. We also included some of Timmy's family receipe as he is inspired as a cook by his mother and his two sisters. We both enjoyed doing that cookbook so much that within another year and a half or so, we had enough recipes and stories to put together a second cookbook! PRAY: At the very same time I was builidng a relationship with Timmy , I was also beginning a spiritual journey. I had recently joined Faith Family Church and was inspired to learn more by reading and studying the Bible and building a relationship with God. That was a decision that changed my life forever. Pastor Jim Graff always gives new members of the church the following challenge: "Give yourself to God and I promise you in a year you will not recognize your life." I took that challenge and I can tell you that my life changed dramatically and I now enjoy loving relationships, a peaceful home life and perfect health. All of this came from God. LOVE: All of the above led to to Timmy and I falling deeply in love with one another. We were married June 11, 2004 at Faith Family Church surrounded by our family and friends. We couldn't be happier with our relationship with one another and with God. And I am happy to report that Timmy is still cooking! Unfortunately, I don't write them down anymore but we still have our nights of good food, good wine and great conversations. This picture that I am submitting is a sample of some of the great meals he cooks for me. I count carbs so he tries hard to cook low carb foods. The Red Fish Hash is made with Red Fish and Spaghetti Squash. He also cooked trout as well. Both fishes were fresh beause he had personally caught them the day before! This story is long but I felt I had to tell the whole story for this picture to be meaningful.
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