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The Cook Next Door meme

It’s my turn to be tagged with the latest meme making its way ’round the food blogging community (henceforth referred to as the FBC). Many thanks to aun at Chubby Hubby (aka hungry hungry hungry) for being curious about my food life.

What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own? Earliest I can remember is a Duncan Hines cake back when I was 8 or 9 years old.

Who had the most influence on your cooking? Both my mother and my father. My parents divorced when I was 8, and I got to live with my Dad, who was an atrocious cook (but loved food). He encouraged me(and my brothers and sisters) to cook so that we could take care of ourselves if and when he was on the road.

My mother, however, was (and presumably still is) a wonderful cook. Thus it was easy to determine just how bad my Dad’s cooking was. My mother introduced me to Strawberry Shortbread, soups and other home cooked meals and desserts that was mana from heaven when compared against the Hamburger Helpers and Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks that my father served us.

That being said, my father loved to eat and eat well. Being a sales rep for a paint corporation meant he got to travel the country a great deal on an expense account. “Expense Account” when translated from Olde English, means “Free Dinners at Restaurants”. Being that he knew he couldn’t cook, he would often take my siblings and myself out to eat fairly often. It was my father who exposed me to regional mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, and regional Chinese cuisines. He also had a decent palate for beers, which I have a bit of myself.

Do you have an old photo as “evidence” of an early exposure to the culinary world and would you like to share it? Good god no. On both questions.

Mageiricophobia – do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat? Not really. Even when stuff comes out bad, I’m able to take lessons from them and apply them to future use.

What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown? Most valued and used? There’s two items that I can’t live without…timers and temperature gauges. Cooking and Baking are essentially science experiments. The more variables you can learn to control, the more control you will have over your cooking.

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like – and probably no one else! I’m sure I’m not the only one to do this, but I love cole slaw on hot dogs. Tasty tasty.

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply donâ??t want to live without? Only three choices? Raw eggs, cause I can do so much with them, Baguettes (when properly made), and Cheese.

Three quickies:

  • Your favorite ice-cream… Truthfully? The best Ice cream I’ve had I made last year…green tea ice cream with dragonwell tea. The Black Pepper Ice Cream I had at Tango was memorable and enjoyable as well.
  • You will probably never eat… Beef Liver. Never liked it (I drowned it in ketchup when my Mom used to make it), and I never will.
  • Your own signature dish…Because my topics are ever changing, I rarely revisit a recipe enough to where it becomes a signature dish. But if I had to choose one, I’d say puttanesca, becauses it’s one of a few recipes that I’ve committed to memory.

And last but not least: Tag three people!
Ooo.. the bit that makes me either loved or hated. After going over my blog roll, here are the people who haven’t posted to this meme of yet:

Molly of Orangette
Barbara of Tigers and Strawberries
And of course…You! You know who you are!