Cooking with my son

My joy in the kitchen is something I try to share with my son whenever he shows an interest in what I’m making. I look to find ways to make sure he can help. The only thing I don’t allow him to do right now is use the knives but that’s because he’s only 5…

Leftovers

Leftovers. Do you like them? Does it depend on the food? Does the time since it was cooked sway your thought of eating it? If not, why? I do enjoy leftovers. Not many things will I say no thanks to the day or two after I’ve made a dish. There are many things I think…

Indoor gardening

I live in Chicago. I live in a three flat condo building with very limited outdoor space. I don’t have a backyard I can plant produce in and my deck doesn’t get enough sunlight to really utilize for growing food. I want a garden. I want to grow a small amount of produce for cooking….

Exploring the grocery store

If there is one thing I look forward to more than cooking it’s grocery shopping. The grocery store is where you get to pick the flavors for your recipes. Where you can decide in the moment to make an asparagus salad instead of leeks and potatoes because the asparagus looks appetizing. You can peruse the…

Books about food

I’ve always been fascinated with cookbooks. I have always loved thumbing through the pages and dreaming of someday being able to follow along and create the dish they had photos of next to the recipes. Even with so many recipes available online I still would rather have a cookbook at hand when working on a…

Makin Bacon (the smoke)

At the end of the last post we were at the stage of letting the slab of pork belly rest uncovered in the fridge overnight. Drying it out a bit to help the smoke stick. This next step is where I think the next level of flavor happens. You can dress up the bacon with different…

Makin’ Bacon (the cure)

To be upfront, I took this recipe from I Love Meat originally because like a majority of households in the country we love bacon. Also, I’m just getting started smoking meats so I needed guidelines before I could run hog wild. With the small electric smoker my wife and son gave me for Father’s day…

Weekend Dinner

Why the weekend dinner? I believe we’re losing this aspect of our lives. Too often we’re eating in the car, at our desks, on the go, everywhere but the dining room table with family and friends. To me the weekend dinner is the perfect way to bring everyone together to enjoy the company of those…

More about where I’m going with this

Another blog about food. That’s right. I’m adding to the mass of folks who write about the joys food brings to them and how they want to share it with all. Why not? I love to eat, I love to cook, and I love to write. To me that’s the perfect reason to create a…

The Beginning (Why I’m starting this blog)

I was around 7 years old, the time of year was Halloween and I wanted to dress as a cooker man. Not a chef but a cook. One of those diner style cooks who wasn’t worried about presentation, new techniques, or latest gadgets. I wanted to be wearing a greasy apron, floppy hat, and holding…