I am a man of many and varied interest and I enjoy diverse and unique foods and flavor. So it is only natural that I enjoy cooking. However, do to my lack of self discipline I am what I call a throw-down chef. In other words I tend to throw ingredients together from whatever is in the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry; then cross my fingers and hope my ideas pan out (so to speak). I have started trying to work from recipes, and I hope to start using a recipe to shop for ingredients and make specific meals that are unique and flavorful.
My favorite things to cook
A side from my desire to do more cooking from recipes and learning more international styles and flavors. I often cook from the oven by throwing things together and baking or roasting them. I have even been know to take what would typically be cooked on the stove like corn or peas, etc. and placing them in the oven as well to avoid having to watch pots boil on the stove. I suppose this also conserves energy which isn't such a bad thing either.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother and I created a New Year's dinner tradition of baking country style pork ribs on a bed of sauerkraut with raisins, fresh apples, and fresh pears mixed in. She came up with the recipe because I don't like kraut, now I cook it every year on New Year's day. The sides consist of boiled cabbage with potatoes and sausage, black-eyed peas, and
My cooking triumphs
I recently grilled steaks marinated in a pesto based rub. I actuall searched several recipes from here to get ideas on how to go about it. The steaks were the best I ever cooked. Now the only problem is that I did not write down the recipe and I will have to guess next time. If I ever learn self discipline I will be able to prevent this in the future.
My cooking tragedies
I honestly cannot think of anything I can truly call a tragedy where cooking is concerned. Which probably means I have blocked it from memory. So I will use this space to describe a phenomenon I have encountered while creating as I go cooking. It often happens that an ingredient will come to mind that, while off the wall, sounds like a good idea. I inevitably allow myself to act on impulse, only to have my doubts after it is to late to correct the matter. So far this has worked out spectacularly and I have not been disappointed by my whims yet. That isn't to say that I won't in the future, just that it hasn't happened yet.