About Lisa

Lisa with dragonfly art800

I cook the way write and create art. I use bright colors [bold flavors] and wide brush strokes [non-precise measurements].

I started this recipe blog in 2011 when a group of friends joined me in my kitchen to share recipes and learn from each other.

Betty Wrysinski 2003

In August of 2013, my Grandma passed. She was 92. She lived a full and interesting life. Memories of time spent cooking with her are precious. I still smile and hear her voice when I follow one of her recipes or use a utensil that came from her kitchen.

Betty in her kitchen with granddaughters.

In the fall of 2013, my mother and I began a project to publish Grandma’s recipes (and those from other family members) on this blog so that the next generation of family members would have access to them.

(Those ‘historic’ recipes are titled with the person’s name and include photos from the family albums.)

Shared Tastes (and smells!) tells the story of an American family from the 1920s through the present. It also blends and combines multicultural flavors and traditions with current, healthful alternatives.




Lisa Redfern is an author, artist, and photographer.

Learn more about Lisa or follow her at:

Lisa’s Other Website & Blogs



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