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Norm's kitchen transmogrification

My cooking history 
Jan. 23, 2013 7:37 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 7:28 am
Cooking has always been of mild interest to me.  I used to help my Mom or Grandma if there was nothing else going on.  Cooking breakfast at camp was always something my Dad did, but I loved to help and the smell of bacon frying over an open fire is still one of my favorite things.  Then during high school I spent 3 1/2 years working at a mom & pop restaurant where I got to cook occasionally  (normally I washed dishes & bussed tables).  Later, during college, my roommate taught me the fine art of "doctoring" store-bought spaghetti sauce and minimizing the food budget so we could maximize the beer budget. 

Later, as a bachelor I got by largely by pan frying and later grilling steaks, chops, chicken etc. and  a handful of great staple recipes I'd learned from my mom like sausage, red beans & rice, chicken & bows, black eyed peas & rice etc.  I also had a gumbo recipe I got from a guy I used to work with that I've cooked scores of times and never once had anyone not like it.  

Since I met and married my wife I've added some vegetable skills (mostly grilled) to my arsenal, but we ate out more often than not.  The past few years we've eaten out probably 4 or 5 days out of the week though for most of the last couple years I'd always cook enough to provide leftovers I could bring for lunch because the cafeteria at work has begun to disgust me.  

But the past two months now I've been cooking almost exclusively at home.  The first major change was my switch over to cast-iron cookware (a separate blog entry to come).  After that we completely re-organized our kitchen.  We threw a lot of unused stuff away and organized the remainder to make the most efficient use of our all-too-small kitchen.  And lastly I discovered this site,, and the companion iPhone and iPad apps.  Apparently I'm the last person in the world to discover this site as everybody I've mentioned it to already knew about it.  

As of last week I'm 100% cooking from this site using the recipe box, menu planner and shopping list features.  It's really great to be able to go to the store and get exactly what I need with nothing missed and nothing extra.  My goal now is to become a good, rounded home cook.  I have no desire to be a chef but I do have a desire to cook healthy, tasty meals for my wife and I and occasionally maybe a crowd of people.  

There will be more to come but this seems like a natural stopping point for a first blog entry.  Thanks for stopping by to read.  

Jan. 23, 2013 1:56 pm
You have discovered the necessary tools on the site. I will add, the "Recipe Buzz" is a great place to ask questions about your meals and entertainmening. Hundreds of fellow cooks are there at any time and you will receive help, instructions or advice. Enjoy the site and your culinary expeiences!
Jan. 23, 2013 2:26 pm
Welcome, Norm! You and your wife are going to enjoy your home creations so much better than restaurant food!
Jan. 23, 2013 5:45 pm
Thanks! I just discovered the buzz today.
Jan. 24, 2013 9:50 am
Hi Norm! Welcome to the site. I'm looking forward to reading your blog; you have a nice style of writing!
Jan. 25, 2013 7:28 am
Thanks Doc. I'm trying to get some more time to hang around here. It seems a very friendly, helpful place so far. Thanks for the compliment on my writing. I wanted to be a writer at one point in my life but I opted for a route that was easier to make a living in.
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