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Southernboy in Europe

Southernboy in Europe
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Wil, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Member Since: Oct. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Cooking on Alaska Adventure
About this Cook
Food is art - and the ingredients are my pallette. When I was 5 my grandmother started teaching me how to cook. I had to stand on a kitchen chair to reach the counters and stovetop. While cooking together she would share stories about growing up, family gatherings and food in the South. She instilled in me a love for food and family that is a cornerstone in my life. In high school I worked as a cook in a small town restaurant, and learned a lot from Miss Daisy - a wonderful, older African American woman skilled in the arts of Southern Soul Food cooking. As an Army officer, and later a Boy Scout leader, I learned how to cook simple, yet flavorful dishes under challenging conditions to please the masses. My mother worked for a Gourmet Caterer, and helped fine-tune many of my techniques. I have travelled every continent except Antarctica, and found that you can learn something from every culture that adds to your cooking repertoire.
My favorite things to cook
I love experimenting while cooking. If I have a great meal while traveling, I try to re-create it at home. With the age of convenience, many recipes and techniques of our ancestors are being lost. I have committed to learning how to cook these recipes from scratch, and passing them on the the next generation.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love a good bottle of wine, family and friends, and a kitchen full of food to prepare.
My cooking triumphs
Developing new recipes using ingredients in Europe to match the foods I grew up with in the Southern US. Coming up with "One Pot Wonders" - dishes that can be made with only a frying pan and a pot, yet deilicious, enjoyable comfort food.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to create a dried beef gravy for biscuits in Switzerland. I'm not sure how the meat was dried, and I assume it was beef, but when sauteed and made into a cream gravy, it was so bad we threw the whole pan of food away.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grilled Asparagus
One of our spring favorites. Great with melted lemon butter drizzled over it.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2014
Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon
Easy recipe and simply amazing. As suggested I mixed a little honey in with a Dijon and coarse mustard mix and left it on the salmon an hour before baking. Mixed the melted butter and breadcrumbs together before topping the fish, and finished with some grated Parmesan before baking. The whole family loved it. This crust would also work well with other fish and other seasonings.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2013
Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce
Absolutely wonderful Indian dish. We looked this up and tried it after having homemade Indian food at my son's International School culture festival. My wife and son, who have never been fans of Indian food, loved it. The sauce is wonderfully flavorful, and leftovers freeze well. Tastes great served over brown rice. We love spicy food, so we doubled the cayenne pepper.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2012

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