Cooking inspires me, helps me to unwind, and makes me happy... My Mother was a great cook, her homemade breads and rolls were amazing; homemade soup, and Chicken w/ wild rice brings back great memories. I didn't really start cooking until my mid-twenties.. I had moved to Oregon for a job and moved into an apartment that was in a large old house, where there were two other apartments. When I got home there were great smells coming from my neighbor's place, so I knocked on the door one rainy night. I met "Gordie" an older Gay man who was the best cook I had encountered since leaving home. We had great "talks"...and he taught me alot about cooking... fond memories.
My favorite things to cook
Chili; quick breads; pasta; cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Mother's homemade Bread; Dad's Grilled Pork Chops; and my Great Aunt's homemade pickles.