This is my first post, so I wanted to briefly introduce the concept of this blog, summarizing what you might find here. Hopefully the style of that will be self evident within a few immediate blog posts.
My name is Andy, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and like many of you I love to cook and share my food and my culinary experiences! More so, I like to have fun with it. I love to experiment, play around with the ingredients, mess with the classic recipes, and add my own twists to things. I also accommodate allergies and intolerances, create recipes of my own, I love to read up on history of cooking and food in general and, of course, have a great meal. I also believe that making a great meal doesn’t have to be too complicated or too involved. Great meals can take 5 minutes or 5 hours to prepare. Its’ greatness is not in the time spent, but in its’ taste.
I feel like it’s important to note that I am not a professional chef, nor do I want to be – I make great money doing what I do (web technologies, design and advertising), and have little interest in screwing up another hobby by making it my job (I have done that already with music, design, writing, web design and photography.) Cookin’ is a blog I’m gonna write for me, and I’m hoping you find my experiences of value as well! This is a personal journey, my own perspective, a constantly evolving style and menu that borrows from all and from all over the world, and seeking inspiration in many outlets. In “my kitchen” there will always be something you can eat and I have time for substitutions as well!
I was inspired to create this blog by my daily explorations of cooking, food, wine and world cuisine. Here I simply would like to share some of the tricks, tips, techniques, recipes, histories, anecdotes, and cooking tools I find useful while I enjoy cooking, and the process (or culture) that goes with it. And I feel there is a culture – a very rich one – carried on by many great professional chefs, superb restaurants, countries, and most importantly, just people that cook everyday for themselves and their friends, families, etc and carry on traditions of generations.
I think food is an “open palette,” so to speak – everyone can join in this blog, I encourage you to comment, write to me, and most importantly share your experience or favorite food.
Enough of the preamble … I would like to actually get into the food aspect… Thanksgiving is coming and I suppose that means there will be plenty to share… Stay tuned…