God love my Mother, she was never a very good cook.
Even as a child, I knew that it HAD TO BE better than what was put down in front of me and I was made to eat.
"There's starving children in China, EAT IT!"
I wanted to cook my own food before I could even reach the stovetop.
I read cookbooks like others read novels.
Then cooking shows came to Television.
After that, the Internet.
As I made my way through life and had my own disposable income, I would go out to eat.
I started to think, how can I make this dish at home for far less money?
I would ask a lot of questions of Chefs/Cooks and weasel out their secrets.
You'd be surprised how much they will indulge a single woman dining alone
And there's the whole, trying to cook foods from back home.
Sometimes this can be very difficult, what with trying to find the ingredients here on the mainland, in the middle of the desert.
But I've figured out many dishes from Hawaii that I would have just gone out and got take out.
I love to eat, I love to cook, but I hate the clean up