My mom and grandma started teaching me to cook when I was about 5 years old. They were both from the Deep South, so of course some of the first things I learned were how to fry chicken properly, how to make a perfect gravy, and of course, how to make cornbread. As I grew older, my love for cooking, and food, grew with me. By the time I was in my early teens I had broken away from traditional "southern" foods, and was trying any recipe I could get my hands on.
I love to cook, plain and simple, and I love to share what I've created. The look of pleasure on someone's face when they first take a bite is priceless. To me, cooking is about giving of yourself and sharing with others, because hey... if you cook and don't share what's the point, right?
My kids grew up learning to cook with me, and are great cooks themselves. Cooking is something that I feel should be passed down from generation to generation, because in this day of fast food, there are fewer and fewer people who can do it well.
My favorite things to cook
This is a tough one, a shorter list would be what is my least favorite things to cook, but that's not the question. I love baking, so anything sweet out of the oven would be up there with my favorite things. I also love oriental food, so I do a lot of stir frying, and make my own egg rolls from scratch. Homemade soups and stews during the cold weather, and nothing beats a nice tender pot roast slow cooked to perfection. I like experimenting with pasta sauces, and coming up with new ones to go along with homemade ravioli's and pastas. Anything for family and friends (food should be shared), and of course, I still like cooking the old southern staples like biscuits & gravy, southern fried chicken, grits & eggs, cornbread... the list could go on and on.