I went to cooking school in Rhode Island in 1986 after I had been cooking a couple of years at resaurants. I learned to cook Kosher there at a catering place. I cooked at various places & types of food until joining the Navy. I've been doing electrical/electronic work on the railroad since. I love cooking still, but don't miss the business.
My favorite things to cook
I love doing Cajun food. I liked studying French Cooking....but derailing and adulterating it with Cajun techniques was even better. Adding blistering hot cayenne, bourbon, combining chicken, seafood and beef in the same pot. That's living. I like Eastern Indian because it's so unique and new to me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We made "Haystacks" when we had company. You'd put frito's corn chips on a plate, followed by lettuce, red onion slices, grated cheeses and hot pinto beans from bowls set out buffet style on the table.
My cooking triumphs
I threw together swedish meatballs for a wedding to supplement the other items we'd made. Even the sober guests went crazy over them and it was a nice unexpected turn. I wish I had written down what all I put in them!
My cooking tragedies
I caught the stovetop on fire during a busy night at an Italian place and set off the overhead foam fire extinguishers.