Down the rabbit hole…

June 8, 2008 at 1:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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alice at the table

Welcome to my Kitchen! I absolutely love to cook (and eat) new things. I will try just about any recipe I’m given, but I have a hard time remembering which ones are the best. So, I am going to use this blog to record my adventures in the kitchen.

About my cooking:

I definitely have no formal training. That will probably be obvious as this blog develops. There is very little precision in any of my cooking, whatsoever. I think that is a good thing, honestly. I’d like to improve my knife skills, but I’m fairly set on learning all I can about cooking on my own. That is part of the reason why I love new recipes because they provide the opportunity to try working with different ingredients and techniques.

What I love:

  1. Southern cooking! I love to make lots of traditional southern dishes, but I shy away from anything that requires lots of frying or grease. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat those kinds of foods, but I don’t love to make them. Anything that requires an entire bottle of 409 for cleanup is too much for me. Now, if you’re thinking, that eliminates most great southern food, then you are dead wrong. There is plenty of down home cookin’ that doesn’t require deep frying.
  2. Garlic. I actually might have a problem. I love garlic, and I think it makes almost everything better, except for desserts. I love it roasted, I love it plain, I love garlic powder even. Watch out for lots of garlic in my recipes. If you don’t love it, decrease the amount or just take it out. I feel sorry for you, though. You are missing out.
  3. Rosemary and basil. I feel the same way about rosemary and basil that I do about garlic, but they are both much less subtle, and therefore, can’t be added to recipes with nearly the same frequency. I love them both, though and look for opportunities to cook with them any time.
  4. Sausage and bacon. Mmmm. I just love them. I recently bought a chocolate bar that had bacon in it. I know what you’re thinking, and, yes, it was delicious. If a recipe calls for sausage or bacon, it is invariably going to be awesome, right? I say right.

What I do not love:

  1. Black pepper. I will use black pepper in a recipe where it is mentioned, but I never add pepper to anything of my own volition. It’s just not my thing. And not to be a spice racist, but I do love white pepper. White pepper is fantastic in alfredos and in mashed potatoes; I think white pepper is severely under used in most cooking!
  2. Spicy food. Let me explain. I actually love the taste of spicy food (exception – curry) and cook it fairly often, but I’m just not equipped to handle the effects like most people. If I eat a batch of my spicy shrimp, I’m sweating for the rest of the night. But, it’s worth it.
  3. Sushi. Not going to discuss it.
  4. Smoked flavor. There are some exceptions, like my ribs, which demand smoked flavor, and some chilies, but I don’t really go for a smoky taste in general.

There may be more to come, but keep those in mind for now as you read my recipes. Also, one more confession I want to make should you choose to use one of my recipes. I often make a dish and then give someone the recipe, only to have them report back to me that their version wasn’t as good. This is absolutely my fault. While I certainly can see the beauty in closely following a recipe, I usually end up changing one or two things to suit my taste. Hopefully, that will not be the case here. I am going to attempt to note all of my deviations from any original recipes. Plus you know some of my likes and dislikes, so you can and should change to suit your taste.

So, now that that’s all on the tea party table, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find a little kitchen inspiration of your own!


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