Aug. 15, 2010 9:12 am
Updated: Aug. 18, 2010 5:00 pm
For Jesse's birthday I decided I wanted to make a homemade cake. As of July I owned 1 9-inch cake pan and 1 rubber spatula. I talked to a friend of mine and mentioned I was planning to bake the birthday cake myself, and she offered to let me borrow some
of her Wilton supplies that were a…
My name is Brandon and I live in eastern TN (tri-cities). I started cooking when I moved out of mom and dad's (eat or starve, right?). I never thought that I would really enjoy cooking much; it always seemed like just a chore. I remember making my very first meal (breaded baked chicken with canned garlic bread sticks haha) and having such a fun time creating something. Since then I have expanded my culinary knowledge, talent, and kitchen gadget collection. I have a dream to one day quit my day job and work in a bakery (I love bread!), but until then I work as a speech pathologist to pay the bills :). I love talking with cooks, so feel free to send me a comment anytime!
My favorite things to cook
I'd try to cook anything. But I really enjoy bread and pastry. I just received a stand mixer for christmas so kneading bread is now as easy as flipping a switch, which is going to make for some serious carb consumption :p. I've just started trying out pastry dough, which is fun but challenging. I also love to create pasta dishes--I would love to someday buy the pasta machine attachments for my stand mixer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Candy cane spritz cookies with mom at Christmas, homemade buttermilk biscuits with mamaw when I was 4, Sunday dinner fried chicken with cornbread (I don't cook that way any more haha).
My cooking triumphs
Not burning my apartment down yet :). I feel proud of anything that turns out beautifully and tastes great (or even edible haha).
My cooking tragedies
Broiled eggplant....the only thing yet that I can say I couldn't finish. The recipe was from a "college cookbook" and called to soak sliced eggplant in balsamic vinegar and worchestershire and then broil or grill....Mine was so tart and soggy...maybe I didn't cook it long enough? Also, the first time I ever used my slowcooker I made tamale pie, and dropped the rubber band used to transport the ceramic dish and keep the lid on into the pie....it didn't melt but it gave my tamale pie a nice rubber undertone :).