Annie Robinson retired from GTE/Verizon after 33 years of management and corporate consulting experience. She traveled and decided she was too young to retire completely, so she pursued cooking. While living in Texas, her culinary experiences included at-home chef work, cooking classes for kids, private chef, catering and diabetic classes for the Hispanic population in Texas through the diabetic council in McAllen, Texas. She possesses CDM and CFPP credentials from Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Annie acknowledges her time spent at Woodview has been very fulfilling and rewarding. Although her family members reside in several other states, Annie considers the residents her family away from home
Annie has a love for cooking and pleasing people with her recipes. Cooking with herbs and herb gardening are major passions. She contends that fresh herbs really make a recipe come alive. She has cultivated an herb garden at our community, and some of the residents help her tend to the garden.
She has a seasoned management background. However, she began cooking with her mother when she was 8 or 9 years old. Her mother taught her the quick, easy and affordable ways to make food out of nothing and be delicious. She came from a family of 13 — she was number 13, her lucky number!
Annie welcomes a challenge and finds joy in cooking for our resident family at Woodview. Annie is budget-conscious and strives to create meals that satisfy residents’ culinary tastes while accommodating and respecting their own cooking histories that are steeped in tradition. She uses some of the recipes they give her, and that makes our residents feel part of our community. It also brings them many wonderful memories by using their recipes.
Annie possesses boundless energy and consistent dedication and is a “get ‘er done” person with a strong work ethic. She remains a blessing to our residents and families at Woodview.
One of her most memorable dishes while cooking with her mom is her fried chicken dinner, mashed potatoes with milk gravy, green beans, biscuits and homemade peach cobbler.