My love of cooking and food; A History

19 10 2010

I can’t fight it, I love food!  I am by no means a glutton, but I do enjoy good food, especially when I get to make it.

I wanted to start fresh with a food blog since I do love cooking, and I think this will force me to start cooking from scratch more.  I’m no professional by any means, just a good everyday meal maker!  I grew up helping my grandma and mom (even my dad!) in the kitchen, and had already baked my first batch of cookies by age 7 (ginger snaps, yum!).  The women in my life taught me the joys of making everyday meals, and large feasts (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…).

My dad introduced me to different varieties of foods at an early age.  He loved Japanese food, so naturally we went at least once a week (my dad being a perpetual bachelor only cooked a few times a week).  I loved going out to eat with my dad, he’d let me order whatever I wanted, and he HATED fast food.  When I was older and able to cook for myself, he’d let me cook dinner for the two of us.  This generally consisted of a grilled meat (chicken breast, ham steak or pork chops) and either broccoli (my dad hated ALL other veggies…growing up in the midwest eating crap ass frozen veggies will do that to you!) or a rice-a-roni or a box of stuffing (always my favorite!).

My senior year in high school, I lived with my grandma and niece to help out with the house, which included cooking dinner.  I started to branch out more, but when I went away to college, I didn’t need to cook as much.  I’d come home for the holidays and help cook the huge dinners.  Grandma put me in charge of fruit salad every year through high school.  One year I got to help make more than half of the meal, it was a lot of work, but I had so much fun.

After graduating and moving out in 2001, I discovered Food Network, and I was hooked!  I was truly inspired by the shows and started cooking more and more.  I’d be more adventurous and was often successful.  Living on a budget forced me to  be really creative and conscious.  When I started dating my husband, I’d trek over to Santa Cruz every night after work and make him a nice homemade dinner.  It was a nice change of pace from his typical dinner of Kraft Mac n’ Cheese!  Throughout our relationship, my cooking skills have been honed, and he’s not so bad himself!  I like to think I had a hand in his new found love of baking.

Now that I’m married and have a newly stocked kitchen of cooking and baking goodness, I really love cooking even more!  It’s amazing how different a kick ass bamboo cutting board makes chopping up veggies compared to the old plastic Ikea cutting board I used to use (thanks Heather!).  We still need to get a set of cookware and a set of knives, but we have the basics.  I can’t wait to finish up the kitchen, but I still love it as is for now 🙂

My husband and I at Tutti Melon in West Portal, SF.

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