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If I weren't a teacher, I'd be a chef. I love to cook, grew up cooking, had a fireman chef for a dad, and have spent most of my free time with cookbooks, food, entertaining, classes, study, and luckily I'm in one of the best food areas in the world! But...teaching is the absolute best job in the world. Don't tell anyone, but it's more like fun and you never get bored.
My pet peeve is when people spell DEFINITELY wrong. I DEFINITELY don't want to read more reviews with DEFINITELY spelled wrong. But hey, I'm an English teacher :). My other pet peeve, food-wise, is "cream of whatever" soup. I think my mom OD'd us all on it when I was growing up.
My biggest challenge in cooking was trying to learn FAST food. At an "older" age, I married, had a baby and have had to learn a new way to cook! No more leisurely hours to fix dinner for friends or an hour to put something together for me....! My daughter is seven now, opinionated, and it's a real challenge. Luckily she likes almost everything. And so does my sweetie. I loved seeing her horrified face at her first abalone fresh from the ocean (my husband dives for them occasionally...oh man, nothing better...) But she ate them and then slurped down some oysters!!!
Oh favorites...give me lobster, Dungeness crab, oysters on the half shell, freshly baked bread, artichokes and anything cooked with love and care. I have terrible cravings for Vietnamese and Cambodian food, Southern cookin' (thanks Grandma Bea!) and the ethnic food I grew up with in the Bay Area in California, especially Portuguese (thanks Grandma Helen!) Filipino, REAL Mexican, and especially Greek/Mediterranean....I will try anything once, usually twice, including all sorts of those "odd" meats. :) When I travel I love to try whatever are the local specialties and little out of the way places. No chains for me, please!!! :) They're okay if I need them, but if I'm traveling, I want the real deal.