Joan Kloh is peeling potatoes in her one-bedroom apartment on El Cajon Boulevard. Chunks of celery and spices float over a pot roast she’s simmering in a slow cooker.
A framed picture of her 8-year-old granddaughter, Ruby, sits near the stove. Above her kitchen cabinets, Kloh, 52, has perched a handful of vases, a green glass bottle shaped like a Buddha and a trio of ceramic chef figurines, beaming their approval of Kloh’s growing dinner repertoire.
“I just like to collect what-nots,” she said. “It makes it feel more permanent.”