I’m enjoyed cooking my whole life. I remember starting with my mom teaching me to make spaghetti when I was in 6th or 7th grade. By the time I was in high school I was cooking the family dinner one or twice a week on weeknights. My mom usually cooked on the weekends. She loved to cook too.
I love reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows on TV. I’ve been studying cooking informally since college. Occasionally I’ll cook something intricate, but I usually stick to fairly simple preparations. But I do like to dive into the details of the techniques. About 15 years ago I discovered the whole secret to roasting meats was to monitor the temperature of the roast and to cook to a certain temperature. Heck it even made meatloaf come out perfect every time. I recreated the Sunday Dinner tradition for my family where we often sit down to some sort of Roast on Sunday and that usually leads to leftovers for lunch and dinners for the rest of the week.
If the last couple of years, I started to study slow cooking techniques. I learned what carnitas is and how to make and serve it. It’s quite different than the roasted pork shoulder and not just in terms of seasonings. I experimented making chili with different meats. I moved from pork rib roasts to making pork ribs. I learned to smoke baby back ribs and then pork butts. Then I started to explore curing meats. I’ve made bacon, Canadian bacon, back-strap bacon, corned beef, pastrami. I’ve made confit of chicken drumsticks and also chicken breasts.
In this blog I hope to share my adventures, both in the past and in the future.