I served six years in the Army repairing the electrical components on a missile system, completed culinary school, have a degree in Electrical Engineering, have raised two teenagers and through it all the kitchen has been my home. I have always loved to cook. As far back as I can remember I used to have dinner ready for my Mom as she came home from working at the auto plant. I love cooking, entertaining, taking pictures of food, talking about food, helping others discover new foods, and experiencing new culinary concepts.
My favorite things to cook
Ribs and chili are my favorite things to cook. I have been working on these recipes for years and have gotten to the point where they are very good. Each takes hours to do and it is a labor of love. My chili takes about six hours on the stove using three dumps at specific times during the process. The ribs get a dry rub and sit in the fridge overnight. They then spend a few hours slow cooking in the oven before being finished on the grill. Mmmmmm!!!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is easily my favorite time to be with family in the kitchen. It's funny that I say that when in reality I end up kicking everyone out of the kitchen. Most of the recipes I use have been handed down from my Grandparents and I have tweaked them over the years.
My cooking triumphs
Ribs!!! Ribs!!! Ribs!!! I have spent countless hours and tried many ingredients but the rub I have created and the process I use is a thing of beauty. I am not a fan of smoke so I do not own a smoker. Some may say that's not real BBQ. I say that until you taste them you have no idea what you have been missing. Let's just say you have to be pretty dang special to get a copy of it!!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make Cheesecake ... let's just say it could have been used as a paperweight. Definitely not my best outing.