Meet Paula Emery
Paula is a native Texan, from Dallas. She has been living in the Panhandle of Florida for more than 30 years, enjoying - in her words - "the peacefulness of my life" - a perk that locals and visitors of the area learn to appreciate.
While visiting her grandma Mimi in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Paula was taught what it meant to cook "right out of the garden": "Mimi would take baskets outside into the garden, and bring newly picked vegetables. Always cooking right out of the earth!" Paula also reminisces sitting on the kitchen counter, watching Mimi prepare her delicious buttermilk blueberry pancakes - a memory she thinks of fondly. She also adds that her mother Jane "never opened a can. For the four of us siblings, she always made fresh foods with her love!" Paula credits both grandma Mimi, and her mom Jane, as her mentors on what it takes to bring vibrant flavors home: "fresh ingredients and a lot of love. Always!"
In her mid-twenties, Paula noticed how cooking for others made her feel: "I always had people over. I realized how much joy I felt while cooking... It just sort of came easy". Paula has been in business as a personal chef since 1995, and has not looked back since "We all have gifts. This is my gift that I have been blessed with, and that I am here to share."
Paula makes it easy for her patrons to savor her mix of lively ingredients: "Simplicity is the beauty of life. If your food is fresh, you don't need to add a lot to it. It's about combining beautiful flavors together and then bringing new ones to life!"
Paula lives near the sunny beaches of South Walton County, with her beloved dog Jack. Cookin' With Love is currently serving the Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and surrounding 30A areas (Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Watercolor). Contact for a quote today!