well i am father of three, two boys and a little princess. i just returned from my second and last deployment to iraq and i recently finished 5 years of service in the active army. this is the first christmas i have spent at home in almost five years. my grandmother taught me to bake,cook,sew,clean,and paint. my mother-in-law taught me to knit. i have been baking as long as i can remember.
My favorite things to cook
my signature pastry is tart apple pie with my very own honey wheat sweet crust then i paint a picture on the top with different sugars. my true passion is bread. everything is always from scratch. as how it should be.
My favorite family cooking traditions
my grandmother taught me to treat every thing you make as if it were a painting and the ingredients were your pallet. and to always sign your work. my grandmother always signed her pies with a slit in the shape of a stalk of wheat and a couple of dandelion seeds for steam. i still keep that legacy alive by adding a second stalk to symbolize my self baking alongside her.
My cooking triumphs
while in iraq starving for the chance to cook i bought a little charcoal grill and begged the coos for the meat and a few spices. word got out of bobs bbq as it was dubbed py my patrons and when thanksgiving came around the cooks being overwhelmed by a company of marines passing through and staying for a little while on our little outpost asked me if i would cook the meat. i did over 200lbs of turkey, roast, ham, and prime rib. we served 600. now i am teaching a baking class at my church trying to teach my parish to bake for themselves and do it on a dime and do it healthy.
My cooking tragedies
there are no mistakes in cooking/baking there are only new recipes made and if they are good or not is up to the taster. anyone can cook!