Although I'm a professional computer system consultant, in my earlier days I held just about every position in the food and beverage industry, from dishwasher and prep-cook to front line chef in the back and waiter in the front of the house. I love cooking and enjoy mixing different cuisines' flavors and textures. I'm not sure fusion is the word but Sauerbraten with kimchi instead of red cabbage was my latest mix'em up.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking out on the grill. I prefer real fire over propane. I love the tradition of BBQ and will cook anything on the grill. I have to make sure that I stock up on charcoal before the winter hits since no one around here sells it in the winter time and I love a Snow-b-que after a day of skiing or snowshoeing. I also love baking and hope to build a wood-fired bread oven someday. I also brew beer and think that fermenting is a great hobby, be it beer, sauerkraut, kimchi or pickles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always like to make bread in the shape of something for the holidays. Like a bunny for Easter, a snowman for Christmas, etc. I hollow out their tummies and fill them with some kind of dip. Yum.
My cooking triumphs
A few summers ago I roasted a whole pig for my son's birthday. It took a long time to finish off the leftovers in the freezer!
My cooking tragedies
Besides forgetting I had put a pot of rice on to cook and then leaving the house for an hour or so the worst thing that ever happened was when I was working in an Italian Family Restaurant. I had been prep-ing peppers and onions on a big Hobart mixer with a slicing attachment. I had the mixer on full speed. After I finished chopping all the peppers and onions I dismantled the slicing attachment and started my next task which was to make about 15 gallons of pizza sauce. Well the way I used to do it was I'd open all the cans of tomatoes and sauce and measure out the spices and add everything into the mixing bowl of the big Hobart mixer and use the dough hook to mix everything up before I put it in to 5 gallon plastic buckets to put in the walk in cooler. Well...I forgot the mixer was still set on high speed and when I turned it on sauce went flying everywhere! Well not everywhere but everything from about the 5 foot level down in the kitchen was red. Sauce Explosion!