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I am now a retired banker, cooking and caring for my family (including 12 yr. old twins). Love wine, music, travel and reading and managing my wine cellar and recipe sites! I enjoy cooking for friends and experimenting on the kids! My wife approves of my cooking as she is a teacher and very busy. I have traveled in 20-plus countries and love the food of all nations, as well as their music.
I am enamored of Washington state wineries, especially those in the AVA of Red Mountain and Walla Walla. I have an older daughter who lives in Healdsburg, Sonoma Co., CA that needs to be visited regularly! My favorite varietal is Cabernet Franc.
My favorite cookbooks are The Whole World Cookbook, Joy of Cooking, Good Housekeeping and the William-Sonoma series. I actually have more than 50 books ranging from American to Thai. I like to cook in any ethnic medium. My favorite cusines are Thai, Greek, Cajun and Mediteranean.
My biggest cooking project is compiling the recipes of four families into a family cookbook for the next generation(s).
I live in a city metro area of 450,000, surrounded by 200 rivers and lakes. I can't wait for fishing season to start in April! Right after the Gonzaga Bulldogs go to the NCAA Basketball Tournament!! Go Zags!!
My handle (FAT GOURMAND), is a clue to the type of food and wine I crave. I like a well prepared, beautifully presented, flavor packed dish with a complimentary beverage, side dish and dessert. Size of portion, ethnic origin, ingredients and to a degree the ambience are secondary to the eye, nose and mouth experience of eating great food and wine.
I am partial to fun food also. Because I like the blues (particulary the Delta), I enjoy Cajun food, zydeco and beer! Yeah, Mon! As a matter of fact one of my favarite authors is James Lee Burke who writes of New Iberia, LA. I think my favorite fun city is New Orleans and I grieve for her these days.
My favorite restaurant(s)? Legion. I have eaten in most of the famous houses in the USA,especially in New York, Boston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans. My current favorite is the Vin Rouge, Spokane, WA owned by a young chef from neighboring Montana who has done some wonderfully innovative things with all manner of cusines.