I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a kid helping my mother to feed our family of seven. I learned early that I don’t enjoy cleaning all that much, so as I grew older, I worked a deal with my mom that I would do a bunch of the cooking for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, graduation parties, etc. mainly to get out of the extra cleaning involved with having company. Over the years, I have developed many signature recipes, learned how to bake bread, and cooked gourmet meals and prepared luncheons for events. My favorite thing is to take a few ingredients and create something new with them, usually by searching the web for recipes and ideas and then using some of one recipe and a little of another and twist it into my own creation. Here I will post recipes that I feel especially proud of that are somewhat unusual, or just plain delicious!