SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2007
I've always liked to cook and bake. My grandmother used to drive me crazy when I was a kid, by saying how I would "make some man a wonderful wife someday." Early on, I learned everything from my mom, who learned from her mom. I especially enjoyed baking, and the compliments I'd get from people on the things I made.
Over time, my cooking and baking started to evolve. I bought a few cookbooks. Then I discovered cooking magazines. I acquired some more cookbooks. I found cooking shows on PBS and then on Food Network. I have a degree in Chemistry, but my current occupation has nothing to do with that, and I found that experimenting with baking was a way to feed my analytical side. It should come as no surprise that I have cookbooks from Alton Brown and that I subscribe to Cooks Illustrated. A couple of people suggested that maybe I should keep track of what I was doing, so I could make notes on the recipes I tried and recreate successful variations if I wanted to. In May 2005, I bought myself a notebook and started to do just that.
Just recently, I discovered food blogs. I can't believe it took me so long. And as I'm sure happens to a lot of people, one thing lead to another. I started reading a couple of blogs on a daily basis. Then I had a little free time (something that doesn't happen often with two small children and a full-time job), and I found a few more. And I started to think, hey maybe I should give that a try myself. I still plan to use my notebook while I'm cooking, but this blog will give me a place to put more detailed notes as well as photos. I guess we'll see how it goes...