I've been cooking since I could reach the counter, student of mom and grandma. Worked in about 10 kitchens, from BBQ to Diner to Sushi. I was raised vegetarian, progressed to fish and chicken at 8 or 9 and didn't have my first beef till I was an adult, but I LOVE a good steak now :). I still enjoy eating vegetarian a lot of the time, but definitely eat meat at least 3 or 4 times a week. I could maybe give up meat again (but probably never will) but I would never stop eating fish. It just feels right to my body. I have a hard time cooking for one, but as a batchelor have to from time to time. I really enjoy cooking for friends and family and will have my own restaurant at some point in my life. I love making people smile when they eat, while feeding them healthy, tasty, nutritious meals. No measuring or recipes for me,(except baking of course) all by eye and taste. I use others recipes as guidelines, averaging 3 or 4 then make my own tweaks. Love expanding my repertoire with new dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican, chinese, indian, southern, cajun, caribbean and americana, all with an eye towards health and avoiding processed ingredients as much as possible. Healthy and tasty are NOT mutually exclusive! Even traditional southern food with bacon fat can be cooked healthfully, you just don't overdo it. I tend to get on a kick with a certain style of cuisine for awhile till I feel like I've gotten the gist of it then move on to another. I hope to one day open a restaurant where I can exhibit all the different styles of food I cook. Keeping it a small eclectic and health conscious spot with good vibes and smiling faces. I am also a passionate brewer, so it might also offer some delicious craft brewed beers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Healthy stir-fry's and lots of good vegetarian southern food. I can enjoy beans and rice as much as steak and potatoes, but don't forget the fruits and vegetables! ALWAYS brown rice, but other than that, I'm not much of a carb eater. Love potatoes, quinoa, and from scratch cornbread, but I really don't eat much bread.
My cooking triumphs
Figuring out how to make thai green curry from scratch, my first batch of REAL gumbo, my first pot of beef Bourguignon, my yearly french onion soup (significantly modified), mastering northern Indian style curries, mesquite grilled jerk chicken with a side of fresh mango, my first london broil.
My cooking tragedies
Falling asleep with food in the oven or on the stove. :(