One of the joys in my life is all about cooking and entertaining. It’s where I find my peace and it is truly my passion. When I am researching or preparing food, I can escape from my business and the challenges of daily living.
It began when I was very young, because our mother was not a very good cook. Cooking skills escaped her, but I am grateful that they were passed-on to me — because it is truly in my genes!
My sister, April, was closest to me in age, and she & I would offer to prepare meals. We were just kids — I was pre-teen, and April was an early teenager. Mom thought it was sweet that we were offering to help — little did she know it was all about survival — because anything April & I could make would be better than mom’s. We found inspiration in the Betty Crocker basic cookbook and also The Joy of Cooking book.
April and I shared recipes over all the years, and I miss her so much. I can remember her reading me the ingredients over the phone for a new recipe she discovered, and I cherish many of those hand-written notes. My oldest sister did not get the cooking gene either — which she will freely admit! Haha.
Over a lifetime, I have collected hundreds of cookbooks — not to mention the unlimited online resources we now have available. Some recipes I prepare, verbatim, because they are just SO GOOD, as written, but many times I will just pick up inspiration or an idea to add to my collection of knowledge.
In the beginning, cooking shows were available on PBS stations — and I started watching Justin Wilson, Nathalie Dupree, The Galloping Gourmet, Julia Child and anything I could watch — way before The Food Network and Cooking TV. I would record shows on my VCR or BetaMax to save and watch later.
I receive inspiration from so many sources, but I have to say that Ina Garten is my hero, and you could use ANY recipe she publishes without hesitation. She always says not to make a recipe for the first time when you are having company, but any of her recipes (or mine!) you could absolutely do for the first time without any hesitation.
Most of my recipes or ideas have come from a lifetime of trial and error, until I have it just the way I think it should be. One of my favorite Ina quotes is, “put yourself in the way of inspiration.” I hope you enjoy my blog, and find your inspiration in these pages. With Love, Buddy.