I always wanted to be a gastronomer Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2011)

I always wanted to be a gastronomer

Feb. 12, 2011 10:37 am 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2011 9:36 am
Good lord did I dance around this idea long enough? I looked at about 10 of these things, all of them stove top models and then discovered that Cuisinart made a plug in countertop model. I loved the idea of a countertop pressure cooker because I have a lot more counter space than burners on… MORE
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Feb. 8, 2011 11:43 am 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2011 11:54 am
In addition to my love for all things kitchen, I am an avowed bibliophile. I love my books and over the years I have come across great references to amazing food in stories that I've read. In fact I have even made some of them and I know for a fact that several authors over the years have… MORE
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Feb. 3, 2011 11:17 am 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2011 2:46 am
When I was 16 years old, I moved out of my parent’s home. Among the very first kitchen implements that I purchased was an enormous black cast iron frying pan. I still have that frying pan and after 34 years of hard use, it still looks as good as the day I bought it. I would characterize… MORE
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About Me
Let's see, in keeping it to a subject, at age 22 I had a filet doused in Bernaise sauce aboard a train. That was it, I was hooked on fine food. Living in a small town necessitates learning to cook well to maintain that stellar menu.
My favorite things to cook
Oh man, only a thousand characters? My favorite things to cook are items that make YOU happy. I'll try anything and thus far it would be far easier to list those things I don't like than those I do. So far, I hate Cilantro and I'm allergic to green chiles. It's a short list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas. I like everything about that meal and every single year I aim to improve.
My cooking triumphs
Every smile, every gasp of delight, every accolade, such sweet victory!
My cooking tragedies
A Cioppino recipe I found here. I served it as part of one of those Christmas dinners and the cod was a poor choice. It was terrible, ghastly fishy taste. I've since learned a thing or two about freshness in fish. Prior to that, hmm perhaps when I was 10, I made a spice cake that called for whole cloves....hey, that's what it said on the outside of the bottle, whole cloves....
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