When I was a kid I was one damned picky eater. I hated everything: tomatoes, onions, olives, mayonnaise, avocados, mustard, mushrooms, cream cheese, sour cream, anything spicy, bell peppers…let’s just say I think I subsisted on Kraft macaroni and cheese for a few years there. In college, I got a little more experimental but still had no idea about cooking techniques or good ingredient combinations. I think I still subsisted on macaroni and cheese for awhile.
A few years ago, I suddenly found myself obsessed with cooking. I started to read everything I could get my hands on about traditional cooking methods, and to seek out new and untried ingredients. I started spending every night, and many afternoons, in the kitchen. And I started reading food blogs.
I’ve been writing here for over three years now. Most of the time, I’m cooking for one, so I try to focus on simple meals that make decent leftovers. I love pasta, pizza, and soup, so you’ll see a lot of that here. I try to eat like a vegetarian most of the time, but I usually slip up by using chicken stock instead vegetable, or throwing some pancetta in at the end. If I tag a recipe as vegetarian and it uses chicken stock, please don’t send me irate emails! Just use vegetable broth instead. I promise it will still be good.
I used to post almost everything I cooked, even if it didn’t turn out that well. Now that I more or less know what I’m doing in the kitchen, I’m a little more selective. Sadly, that means I don’t post as often, but you can be sure that what I do share is worth sharing. I’m embarking on a project to go back to those lackluster recipes from the early days and fine-tune them, too, so if you’re looking at something in the archives (i.e. something from before 2009), check to see if there’s a link to an updated recipe.
I believe cooking shouldn’t be a chore, but a joyful part of the day. Of course we all have days when ordering in is all we can muster, but I think that with a little bit of knowledge, a little bit of time, and a little creativity, cooking can be a key part of the day, something fulfilling to do for yourself, or with your family.
I love to hear suggestions, because I think food is best when it’s experimental and playful, and I think there is very little you can do wrong in the kitchen. (Beet and garbanzo bean pasta, though, is wrong. Trust me.) So please do leave comments or send me email. Thanks for reading!