I’m what you might call a mad scientist in the kitchen… with absolutely no creative cooking ability once so ever. In other words I have to work at it, enjoy doing so, follow a recipe and can’t just whip up something out of nothing. “Experimentation” would best describe my efforts. Ideas come from everywhere. I research different versions of a recipe, make it my own and get into the kitchen and see what happens.
Now, I can’t cook a lot of things very good, but I can cook a few things really well. And I’ll try anything from drinks, appetizers and smoothies to sides, entrees and desserts. Some of the things that I cook really well include shrimp and grits (it’s a southern thing), catfish stew, hot spinach and artichoke dip, hushpuppies, Crème Brûlée, fried turkey and I’m currently working on an fish taco recipe since I love them so much!
The turkey fryer is something I really enjoy whether it be catfish bites, hushpuppies or marinade-injected turkeys. Turkey frying (to me) is also a social event similar to that of tailgating where Dixie cups, corn hole and good friends create good times and memories for down the road. I’ll write another blog later on turkey-frying and of course the right and wrong way to safely do so. I have tried deep-fried ice cream and snickers bars and they didn’t turn out so well, but I’m still perfecting the recipe. Some of these things take time… it took years to perfect my hushpuppy recipe.
By the way, I have a secret ingredient that I use in many of my recipes… and it will be labeled “secret ingredient.” If you’re interested just reach out to me and we can share recipes and trade secrets.
That being said from time to time I’d like to share stories of my kitchen adventures as well as some of my recipes and welcome any ideas you might have to improve them. The running joke with my twin brother and his wife when I’m in the kitchen experimenting is 1) how long will it take for me to burn myself and 2) how many days will I be cooking until it’s finished. As far as I’m concerned burns and scars are medals, memories and badges of honor for surviving my misadventures.
And as with anything I write… my hope is that you’ll be able to take away just one thing that will help you or give you an idea of your own.
BY: Cory Prado