It is with all modesty I can say that, today, I am a bit of a gourmet cook. It just wasn’t something I (or anyone else) expected. My culinary tastes have admittedly changed quite a bit over the years.
As a young child, I was a picky eater. I knew just by looking at something that it wasn’t going to taste good. One day, my mother drew the line in the sand. I was not going to be excused from the dinner table until I at least tasted a brussels spout. I fell asleep in my chair without a spout ever passing by my lips. My mom never tried that tactic again.
As a grade schooler, my go-to favorite food was Chef Boyardee’s Spaghetti-Os. I’m not sure that even qualifies as food but I sure loved it back in the day.
As a college student on a budget I learned how to cook with limited funds. Some of my inventions were successful. Most were not. Public service announcement: Making a grilled cheese sandwich on a clothes iron is not recommended.
As a bachelor after college, I entered my one pot casserole days. I would make something that would feed six and then live on the leftovers for a week. Spaghetti was popular then… sometimes I could even afford sauce.
Then I got married and discovered a brand new world of gastronomical delights. But one day my wife caught me watching Giada De Laurentis (pictured above) on the Food Network. I told her it was because of her recipes. And that’s how I became a gourmet cook.
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