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I started cooking at the age of three - first dish was poorman's pie, made with the help of a chair and my mon back when you knew where your food came from. Chicken from my grandpa's flock was safe (if you wore blue so the rooster didn't see you coming) and vegetables were from his garden, fish came from a bucket and Dad brought beef and pork from his grocery store. By the time I was 12 I had taken over the everyday cooking of the evening meal and had learned to bake bread good enough to serve at holidays. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. At 15, that was shot down by a cooking school chef who informed me that "girls can't cook" "only men can be chefs."
Never became a chef but the people I've cooked for don't seem to mind that I'm not a "man." Julia Childs is in my heart and Ho Tei sits on a shelf overseeing my stove. To hell with what they say, cook anyway!
Favorite FoodsChinese cuisine rules! Listening to Paula Deen is like hearing my grandmother talk about food, so if its southern...go fried okra! (but keep the grits.) Baked goods. I love New England 'cos I can bake almost all year round. (Not a big lobster fan, though.) My favorite recipe is the next one I'm going to try. Anyone for Tex-Mex? Ever try grilled angelfood cake? Biggest food disappointment is that there are no real deli's in Maine. Mmm, hot pastrami sounds sooo good. Excuse me, I've got to go cook something.