I remember many things about my grandparent’s kitchen. I remember taking everything out of the drawers and climbing inside them, waving her meat hammer around pretending I was thor. I remember stealing pasta sauce that my grandmother was still cooking so that I could dip the fresh made Italian rolls that my great grandmother, who lived upstairs, had made. I remember almost every special occassion and every holiday that was celebrated with food prepared from my grandparents kitchen. Do you?
My grandparents rarely made anything fancy. It was for the most part very simple food. Basic meats and seasonings seemed to combine to make something special, albeit simple. What made it so wonderful? Was it made with love? Why did a sandwich made by any of my grandmothers taste so delicious? Perhaps it was just the surroundings of a child living in a care free environment surrounded by those who made his childhood enchanting.
Like my grandparents I am not a trained chef. I just love to cook. If you are looking for the science of cooking here you are in the wrong place. Most of my best recipes are merely mistakes and a classically trained chef would give much instruction if he saw me cooking a meal, but absent his watchful eye, like so many of my friends who are chefs, they find my dishes unusual and delicious.
So this blog is less about teaching you how to cook and more about the joy of eating and some of the places I have visited on my travels.
I love taking recipes that I have read or seen and making them my own, as you should do as well. My grandmother made a fantastic beef stogganoff. When I made my first beef stroganoff it was less about recreating what my grandmother had cooked but rather making better. Using her recipe as a base I just would add more of what I liked, wether it more beef, mushrooms, or onions. She was the inspiration and I just picked up from where she left off. I reccomend you do the same. While I would be flattered that you use any recipe I list here from start to finish, I would much happier that you take it and make it your own. A small tweak here and there never hurt anything.