Monday, January 17, 2011
Welcome to RecipEngineer!
A little bit about me:
I'm a civil engineer by day and a recipe collector/experimenter/inventor by night. As an engineer, I like all things logical, orderly and on graph paper! I don't improv in the kitchen. When I see an avocado, olives, almonds, a sack of Yukon Gold potatoes and a stick of butter sitting on the counter, I have NO idea what to do with these ingredients. When faced with a challenging list of available ingredients, I hit the cookbooks, internet and Twitter for great recipes to experiment with in my kitchen. I also keep a fully stocked pantry to avoid nightmares such as eating almond-avocado mashed potatoes garnished with olives for dinner.
I did not come by my recipe addiction genetically. My paternal grandmother cooked amazing Portuguese food entirely from her memory. One of my biggest regrets is never getting her to write down the incredible recipes for malasadas (Portuguese fried dough), sweet bread, kale soup or her many other delicious home-cooked dishes. There is nothing sadder than not being able to re-create the culinary memories that you associate with a person you love and miss dearly.
I absolutely DEVOUR free recipes from Twitter. Cookbooks are seriously expensive these days! While I'll be reviewing cookbooks in this blog, I'm also going to review lots of the free recipes from @Real_Simple, @TestKitchen and many, many more from Twitter. Likely you "favorite" these free recipes and despite good intentions never get around to using most of them. I'll let you know which of the hundreds of your "favorite" free recipes are worth trying at home and which ones should be "unfavorited" immediately.
I'm a firm believer that cooking should always be collaborative. There is nothing I like better than being surrounded by friends and family in the kitchen. Nothing makes me angrier than when cooks don't share their secret recipes and ingredients in order reign supreme in their kitchen. Recipes should be shared, not hoarded. Food is love - spread it around.
I look forward to getting to know all of you and your favorite recipes. Please leave some feedback below - favorite recipes/cooking war stories/general greetings/etc. I'll be sharing all of my discoveries and dramas the kitchen and I hope that you'll consider sharing your recipes and your kitchen adventures (and nightmares) with me as well. Enjoy the blog!
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