Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Takes a Good Recipe to Get Cook into Kitchen

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It Takes a Good Recipe to Get Cook into Kitchen

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WOULD SOMEONE please tell Roy (Rocky) Walther of Brentwood that his wife wasn't kidding: She really is featured in today's Post-Dispatch Food section. And, yes, she even admitted to us that she doesn't cook.

However, that doesn't mean that Nancy Walther can't cook. She just doesn't cook often. And when she does, it's usually just for herself. Her husband is left to fend for himself.

It's nothing personal, mind you. It's just that both are busy. Nancy Walther is a music teacher at Conway Elementary School and a soprano in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Her husband is a lawyer. But more than busy schedules are involved when the two go their separate ways at mealtime. Walther is a vegetarian; her husband is not.

"My parents still think it's just a stage I'm going through," said Walther, who became a vegetarian about 15 years ago during her college days at the University of Illinois.

Health-consciousness plays a big role in Walther's lifestyle, both in and out of the kitchen, although her decision to go meatless "was more an ethical thing."

She goes to aerobics classes almost daily. In addition, she's a serious golfer who began competing in tournaments when she was 15, played on the golf team in college and continues to spend her summers playing in - and officiating at - local and state tournaments.

Her husband also is a golfer, so they often compete against each other just for fun.

Another area of common interest is University of Missouri basketball. Chip, one of Rocky Walther's two children, plays guard for the Tigers, and the couple tries to go to almost every game.

When it comes to eating, the two things they agree on are pasta - and, said Nancy Walther with a laugh, carry-out.

Still, this "noncook" continues to keep an eye out for good meatless dishes, including side dishes that she can contribute to family meals during the holidays or on other special occasions. …

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