Post # 5 – Blog Update

June 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM | Posted in About Me | Comments Off on Post # 5 – Blog Update

Hello Everyone!  (I think)  A few people have asked about posting frequency and upcoming topics and making suggestions for format etc.  so I thought I’d answer in bulk.

I plan to post three times a week, on Mon-Wed-Fri.  I missed last Friday due to illness.  I will reply to questions and comments as they come in regardless of posting order.

I hope to cover all the topics that interest me in cooking, but are informative for you.  I’ve made a bunch of mistakes along the way, and most of them made me laugh.  None of them were dangerous, except possibly to me as the people I was feeding weren’t very appreciative of the mistakes.  For instance, a while back when I was living in North Carolina, I made pulled pork barbeque and had bought some local barbeque sauce.  I dumped that bottle into the pot, cooked it down a bit and served it without tasting it.  I was not aware that NC is known for its vinegar based barbeque.  No one could eat more than a couple of bites and we ended up throwing it all away.

However, that being said, I will cover basics of technique, tools, utensils, ingredients, meal planning, food preservation, healthy eating, and dollar stretching.  I don’t have any set order for these so if there’s something you’d like to know about immediately, let me know.  If I have any experience in it, I’ll be happy to share.

One other thing that I plan to do sporadically is post stories I’ll be writing about my food experiences and where they took me.  I’ll post those on the weekends on the Pages menu to the right so watch for those.  I think the first one will be ready by the end of June or the first part of July.


Post # 1 Introductions

June 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM | Posted in About Me | Comments Off on Post # 1 Introductions

Hi!  My name is Joe, and I like to cook.  I’ve spent nearly my entire life messing around in the kitchen. The earliest memories I have are from that room.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to eat and all that’s good to eat comes from there.

This blog is about cooking, and about eating, and about learning to cook, and learning to eat right.  It’s about mistakes, and success, and about overcoming deficiencies.  It’s about substitutions, and creating something new from something old.  It’s about having fun, and laughing, and about extending part of yourself through the oldest medium.

I started learning to cook very early when my dad taught me to make popcorn.  We had an old aluminum popcorn popper that was a dented kettle with a glass lid that had to be held on to the kettle so it could be shook to avoid burning the popcorn.  It sat over a heating coil that had no temperature adjustment at all.  I was always proud to give my family a big bowl of popcorn with no burnt kernels, and very few “old maids.”

I started my “formal” cooking education when I was about thirteen.  I wanted to learn and asked my mom to teach me.  She was thrilled because she didn’t enjoy cooking.  For her, it was just something that had to be done.  She reached for her cookbook (just the one, which today just floors me as I look at shelf after shelf of cookbooks in my kitchen.)  She said, “Anyone who can read can cook.”  I made a cake and launched my cooking career.

From that point on, my cooking education was my own.  No matter what job I held in whatever career path I chose, I remained fascinated by the process of combining ingredients into something good to eat.  It’s almost magical for me.  I’ve had quite a varied career.  I grew up in Arizona, but have lived all over the U.S.  I’ve traveled all over the world for my job, and I’ve experienced a lot of different cultures.

One thing that ties all humans together is food and drink.

In this blog, I want provide examples of all aspects of food as I’ve learned it over the years.  I’d like to have discussions, suggestions on upcoming posts, questions about food or me, anything that sparks your interest.  I’ll answer any question that comes along to the best of my ability.

Thanks.  I hope to see a lot of people here.  Enjoy!

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