I live in the Pacific Northwest, right on Netarts Bay in Tillamook County, Oregon. I am single and I like to play around in the kitchen. I dirty up far more pots, pans and utensils than necessary when cooking, but I have fun! I like to cook and eat the numerous varieties of fresh fish that we have here. My mother was from the South (west Tennessee) and I love southern cooking. I also like cajun cooking and low-country cuisine which is associated with the Charleston, SC area. I love Charleston and can't wait until my next visit there. Great city, great people and fantastic food!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook the things that I like to eat. This would include grilled fish, smoked salmon hash, ginger beef, collard greens, cornbread, crab chowder, asparagus casserole, spinach and cheese souffle, and bread pudding. If something has red onion or cabbage in it, I will definitely try to come up with some reason or excuse to make that because I simply love those two things! Basically, I try to cook and eat things from the Four Major Food Groups: Sugar, Fat, Cholesterol and Grease.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am of Danish descent; my grandfather came here from Denmark in the very early 1900s. From that side of the family we always had, without fail, oyster stew on Christmas eve and red cabbage on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Thanks to my mother's heritage came the tradition of having black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Last fall I started the soon-to-be revered tradition of serving baba ganoush every September 16th. Hey...SOMEBODY has got to start those time-honored traditions at some point in time, right?
My cooking triumphs
I am still waiting for that to happen
My cooking tragedies
I'll never tell!