TV chef right at home stirring up creations

archive_import /


Jenny Baxter has a whole new house, but it's the kitchen that's a showstopper.

The hostess of "Jenny's Kitchen," a public-access TV show, designed her new 21-by-26-foot kitchen to accommodate TV cameras, lights and microphones.

Baxter, who also is a special education teacher in the Vallecito Union School District and owner of "A Catered Affair" catering business, has been taping her monthly half-hour cooking program for three years.

"Jenny's Kitchen" airs several times a week on Channel 7, the public access channel for cable TV subscribers in Calaveras County.

Baxter's new kitchen with its hardwood floors, warm yellow walls and generous windows is the result of much planning and dreaming.

"I knew I'd spend the majority of my life here and so I wanted it to be open, airy, well lit and have all the chef's toys within close reach," Baxter said.

Baxter's "chef's toys" include two sinks one for vegetables and one for washing dishes a commercial refrigerator and freezer, a free-standing ice maker, an antique bin table with a marble slab for rolling out pastries, a wine closet, an industrial stove with two ovens and a grill for roasting peppers, a warming drawer and, above the rangetop, a long, slim spout for filling large cooking pots with water.

"I needed a pot filler over the stove because I don't want to lug big pots of water," she said.

Her kitchen also has a fireplace.

"When the rains come, I love to sit in front of the fire, drink tea and go over my cookbooks," she said.

She has created the perfect spot to do just that.

Baxter was bitten by the cooking bug while still a child. Her Lebanese grandmother taught her many ethnic dishes, such as stuffed grape leaves and tabbuli salad.

The oldest of four, with two sisters and a brother, she tells the story of being 11 and thumbing through her mother's Sunset Magazines and wishing she could cook something spectacular enough to be featured on those pages.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Thursday May 26, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire


Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more

Avalon Care Center fined for patient death


Avalon Care Center in Sonora has been fined $80,000 by the California ... more

Deputies visit schools, build community ties


You would think Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Yorston was Santa Claus ... more

UPDATE: Probe begins in Don Pedro fire


Investigators began sifting through the rubble of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency ... more

High Sierra passes closed again


Days after authorities opened Ebbetts Pass, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass for ... more