I come from a family where it was the men who did the cooking. My mother, while a very capable cook was not an enthusiastic one. I was never much for sports so cooking was an activity that my father and I could enjoy together. He has an adventurous way of cooking that sometimes works, sometimes doesn't and I have inherited that excitement. I have loved to cook since I was small and hungry, and through my younger years cooked professionally in a lot of different types of restaurants. That gave me basic technique, but being broke gave me the desire. I love food and wanted to eat like the cream of society, so I learned quickly that to do that I need to learn how to do it myself. I have never been to a culinary school, but I do have the love of the art of food and the will to eat bad food, so I try to carry on the adventurous spirit my Dad taught me.
My favorite things to cook
I like ethnic and healthy cuisine, and I try to find ways to make traditional dishes more healthy and remain palatable.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Crustless Shepherd's Pie
Corned Beef Hash
Chicken and Dumplings
Biscuits and Beef Sawmill Gravy
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean Pasta and Caprese. Simple Italian is where I excel, as well as main dishes. I have a lot of compliments on my version of Hoppin' John.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make a basic Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. It turned out wet somehow, and I ended up mixing it together and dousing it with hot sauce. Everything can be made edible with hot sauce.