I started 'cooking' at 5 years old. Mom would stand me on a chair by the counter and I crack and stir the scrambled eggs for breakfast. That, soon led to assembling pre-measured ingredients and making homemade cakes. All that had to be done by hand, (at that time Mom did not have an electric mixer). Imagine how long the process seamed when mom said I had to stir the mix 200 strokes. I don't think I have gone for very long at any time without cooking. I spent sometime as a young man as a line cook at a local supper club. My station started as salad prep and went on to the six-up and flipping potatoes. I finished by spending my time in that kitchen grilling steaks. I now spend my time cooking and baking for friends and family. The fam seams to be partial to my original creations. The most popular being Baked NY style Cheesecakes and the various dishes I title as 'My Way'. Simply put this is my way of telling everyone that My recipe is NOT traditional. I look for flavor, not copy-cat.
My favorite things to cook
"These are a few of my favorite things". I truly love making cheesecakes. I guess you could call them my 'signature dishes'. I also love to tweak, trick and twist traditional recipes. Things like '3 Meat Meat-Loaf', 'Coq Au Vin - My Way', 'Irish Stew - My Way', 'Low-Fat, Low Sugar, Baked Custard' and 'Homemade Potato Pancakes (reduced fat and low sugar). Being a type 2 diabetic, I spend a considerable amount of time re-creating recipes that fit my dietary needs. I do hope that you will try some of my creations and I welcome your feedback, Good or Bad. That is the only way I can continue my quest.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family traditions are simple, good food, cooked with love.
My cooking triumphs
Simple! My Cheesecakes. They pretty much are or have been requested by every family member and a lot of my friends. I believe I have done those cheesecakes in most varieties that you could imagine.
My cooking tragedies
It will stand out in my memory forever. I was creating a curried chicken dish. It needed a creamy base for the sauce. I thought that plain yogurt would give me the base that I needed to mix with the curry. Off to the local mega-market to pick up a few things including the plain yogurt. In the yogurt section there it was-----Plain Yogurt----right next to the Vanilla Yogurt, both in the same color container. You have NO IDEA what Vanilla Yogurt mixed with Curry taste like.