I love to cook, bake, blend, chop, knead, grill, frappe, melt,mold, carve, etc., etc. You name it, I've done it. I learned to cook at the ripe age of five when Mom allowed me to be the macaroni and cheese maker, and I'm not talking the boxed , with real noodles and real cheese. From there it grew to baking with Grams, canning with Mom and Grams, cooking family dinner with Mom, taking over family dinner when Mom was busy, and cooking with the "women-folk" at family get-togethers. But these were standard meals. When I went to college and bought a house, I started experimenting and watching the food network. I discovered the science of cooking (I'm a hard science BS grad). Cooking is balance-texture, flavor, variety, etc. Baking is also a balance-ingredients, method of mixing and heating, etc. So, from experimentation, and many taste-testers a new trend emerged-I was good. And really good. My friends wanted to come over all the time to eat, people wanted my recipes (sadly I never write th
My favorite things to cook
Anything Mediterranean is my top, but I love to cook everything, especially the fatty-fat foods and twist them to a healthier version, which still tastes wonderful and satisfies the soul.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have two traditions. One side is cook for an army (my Gramps was in the service, so my Grams cooked for the entire service and taught me to do the same). The other side is Jewish, so tradition is in each dish. We cook/eat certain because they have a purpose or a meaning/story about them. So, I cook mass quantities of food with the purpose to make the consumer healthier, happier, and full. With a Mediterranean and light flare.
My cooking triumphs
Hummus! I make some fabulous hummus. Tastes fresh out of the middle east (I would know I spent a year there and got my inspiration from the people who know it best).
My cooking tragedies
Anything casserole. If casserole is in the title, I avoid it like the plague. I'm the gourmet type, I've never heard of a gourmet tuna noodle casserole.
Grilling vegetables with a charcoal grill. Yeah, second degree burns (knee, arms, hands-long story) bad tasting veggies, it was all a mess. I'll take my gas grill from now on, thank you.