Friday, September 13, 2013

People who have shaped and inspired the way that I cook!

I'm trying to get into the habit of blogging more often. Maybe writing more about food will give me less time to actually EAT it and that makes my fat old body happy.

So I was thinking about cooking, as usual and thinking about how I got started with this whole thing. I guess my biggest influence was my mother. I can remember being five years old and having it be  my job to add the spices to the jar when she was making homemade pickles. My Mom was no slouch in the kitchen! She was a "Leave it to Beaver" mom, stayed home and took care of the house,  dinner was on the table every night at 5:30pm - always a protein, starch and two veggies.

 I liked almost everything she cooked, except I hated red meat... still not a fan of most red meat.. I could sit at the table and chew on a piece of pot roast without swallowing it for an hour  lol. The meat wasn't tough.. I just hated it. Boy she would get mad at me. Looking back I think she took it as a personal affront. Anyway, my Mom had me in the kitchen helping her from probably age 3-4  so I learned by watching.

When I was in junior high school and high school, I took a  cooking class almost every semester. It was a lot of fun and if you scheduled it right, you didn't have to buy lunch part of the time. :D I was usually pretty good at it and in high school it was even more fun because there were older boys in my class.... I was a puny freshman so hanging out with senior boys was a real treat.

As far as TV chefs,  I guess Graham Kerr was my first influence. I can remember coming home from school and watching this with my Mom. The man went into raptures cooking certain things and he always invited one lucky lady down from the audience to share his meal... with a bottle of wine, natch! I didn't like boys at the time, but I did think he was the most suave and coolest man!  And he was funny to boot... check this video out


Now days, I am a pretty good cook.. not a chef, but a cook. My favorites are: Ina Garten, Alton Brown,  Mario Batali,  .. and I love the cooking reality shows -  Top Chef, Next Food Network Star,  Chopped, MasterChef... try not to miss any. I wouldn't have the nerve to get on any of these, nor do I have that kind of talent. They are inspiring to watch and do give me good ideas.

So who are your inspirations when cooking?


  1. I love your photos! My grandmothers were my biggest influence. I never want to cook like one and only hope to do as well as the other. I too grew up on Graham Kerr and Jeff Smith and Julia Childs. Today it's Alton Brown, Ina Garten and Michael Symon. I'll never be a chef, I can't get my hands to work the knife the way my mind tells me. But don't tell my kids, cause they think I'm a goddess in the kitchen LOL!

  2. My mom! lol my mom is not the world's best cook, though I didn't figure that out until I was an adult. I grew up in the kitchen being her sous chef, though, and I think that definitely fostered my love of cooking. :-) Every time I find myself spending half my day in my apron it reminds me of her.

  3. hmmmmm started with my mom. Then prob Julia Child followed by Graham and then Jeff the Frugal Gourmet. My fav these days....Michael Chiarello (ooh lala) Daniel Boulud and Cat Cora. I have had all three cook for me and they were not only amazing chefs,they were really lovely hands on chefs. I think that was the thing that impressed me the most is the fact that THEY did the cooking ad were ever so charming while doing it.

  4. I remember watching the Galloping Gourmet - Graham Kerr had it down! A man who lead the way on Food TV. Loved him.