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Food and Me

Hello and welcome to Not So Secret Recipe!

My name is Susan, and I’ve been cooking for almost as long as I can remember.  In my early childhood, I would “help” my dad cook dinner after he got home from work.  Since I wasn’t allowed to touch the stove or oven, I would help with prep.  I vividly remember spending a lot of time breading chicken breasts as a child, and now that I’m working, I understand why we ate so much breaded chicken when I was younger: it is a quick, easy, and satisfying meal after a long day at the office.

As I got older, my culinary tastes evolved, and the recipes I made got more and more complex.  When I was 17, my aunt and uncle and their two kids came to visit for New Year’s, and I insisted on making Boeuf Bourguignon with a Gruyere potato gratin for the whole family.  Spending close to five hours in the kitchen didn’t seem daunting at all!

These days, my cooking style is somewhere in between:  I love quick and easy dishes, like the ones I used to make with my dad, but I want lots of flavor and to use different types of ingredients.  I still love some of those complex dishes, but with my schedule, it’s getting harder and harder to devote the time to them.

To me, food has always been about family and a way to relax.  I actually love going into the kitchen to make dinner after work– it’s a great way for me to relax after a long day.  While I don’t cook every day, and I only make dinner after work occasionally, cooking holds a special place in my heart.  I’m looking forward to sharing that with you!

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