Cooking is my hobby and therapy away from being passionate about business, finance and accounting, but that doesn't mean I don't take it to heart. Quite the opposite, I learned how to cook when I was fairly young, 7. I thought it was a game and today its my "adult fun" thing to do. I enjoy making modifications to recipes I like so they can be healthy for my friends and family. Because its great to be able to cook an apple pie or make a mean roast casserole, but if your family has problems with diabetes, cancer or cholesterol...you have to be as nurturing of their taste buds as you are of their health. This mainly includes knowing how to make everything from scratch, sauce and all. My hubby and my little brother now have an acute sense of smell and wont leave the kitchen until they have taken a bite. They are my taste meters and mid-night snack thieves.
My favorite things to cook
Once a week I am requested to make crab stuffed salmon. It is glazed with a Tuscan Herb Olive oil, 18 year old Balsamic Vinegar and sprinkled with Rosemary. It is served on top of a mixture of mushrooms, spinach, red potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes that are slightly boiled with a dark wine and pesto to accentuate all flavors.
My second biggest request is a modified Pumpkin Bread, in which I incorporate whole wheat flour and pumpkin puree made from scratch.
Third is my Asian Orange/Pomegranate Chicken. I marinade this a day before with Orange flavored olive oil and Pomegranate vinegar. I use the same marinade combination to boil green peppers, carrots, broccoli and a chopped onion with freshly squeezed orange juice. Sesame seeds and peanuts are added when I mix the two along with a little Splenda.
Of these three, I never have left overs.
My cooking tragedies
Every person who modifies goes through a tragedy, using whole wheat is not as easy to substitute as it seems. I lost a fair amount of oatmeal raisin cookies for Thanksgiving to this, but that's how we learn.