I come from a line of fabulous cooks. My mother, grandmothers and aunts are and were kitchen magicians. Northeast Texas cuisine closely resembles that of the South but has its own twists. My father and grandfather raised cattle so there was almost always beef in the freezer. I remember my paternal grandmother churning butter. She had an electric churn that my dad bought her with the first money he ever made. (He really didn’t like helping churn.) She and at least two of my aunts grew huge gardens every year from which they canned and froze enough food for a small army.
I learned to cook at an early age and while I still cook the things the women in my family have traditionally prepared, I think I’ve come a long way in my culinary explorations. I learned to cook TexMex pretty well while living in west Texas. I’ve made friends from many cultures and have assimilated a lot of their dishes into my cooking. I also read cookbooks like they are novels, learning about the food and the culture from which it comes.
I’ve lived in Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico and now call Boulder, Colorado home. I ‘ve learned about the local food in each place I’ve lived and I’ve learned about mid-western cuisine from my partner and his family. (I’m lucky that he enjoys a wide variety of foods and will try almost anything.) I’m writing this blog to share what I’ve learned and to help myself keep a record of new dishes that I develop.