At the kitchen table

Sam Anderson grew up in the West Island of Montreal never imagining what her future would hold. She moved to Eastern Ontario in 2000 looking to live in more of a country setting. When she married her husband, Sean close to 20 years ago, she didn’t even own a pot. Now owner of Sam’s Kitchen in Vankleek Hill (VKH), she’s right at home in her kitchen.

Anderson opened Sam’s Kitchen about a year and a half ago. “In many ways, it doesn’t feel like a year and a half,” Anderson said. The original Sam’s Kitchen was opened in 1997 in Dorval, Quebec. Anderson wanted a gathering place for family and friends and soon realized if she cooked, they would come.

When Anderson first started out, she had no idea what she was doing, but she soon learned. “My mother died when I was young, so I didn’t have someone to show me all the family recipes,” explained Anderson. “At 18 you don’t really care about cooking and recipes.” Anderson obtained custody of her younger brother after the death of her parents and became both big sister and guardian. “I have three children, but it’s kind of like I have four,” Anderson said. “It was hard but I always tried to think it could be worse. I could have lost my parents and my legs.”

Anderson has a strong belief in family, church, and doing the right thing. She volunteers her time and helps others when she can. “I think people should just be kind to each other. It sounds so simple,” said Anderson. “I wrote a handbook for the store. Just some notes for dealing with customers and people in general. Things like ‘Remember you might be the only time someone meets Jesus today’ and  ‘be kind, be helpful. You don’t know what someone else is going through in their life.”

“You never know what God has in store for you”

Seen here Sam Anderson in her kitchen with daughter 18-year-old Laura and husband Sean. Their family includes 17-year-old Holly and 14-year-old Matthew who were not available for the photo. 

For the full story read this weeks edition of the Tribune Express.

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