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I'm 30 years old.
ALL of my recipes are for LARGE amounts. This is why:
My uncle was blind (my dad's brother). His wife had a mental illness. My two (male) cousins were "truant teens" and my uncle could not control them. So my uncle asked by dad (a retired Marine) to move in and help straighten out his kids. So, we moved in, my mother, father, 2 older sisters, 1 older brother and I. A household of 4 became a household of 10!
This is when my journey in cooking started. Instead of going outside to play, I would help my mom prepare meals. She always told me, and she continues to tell me "Nakakahiya kung hindi marunong mag luto ang babae" which in English means "It's a shame if a woman does not know how to cook."
So from age 11 on, I've started cooking and experimenting with different foods, and have MASTERED some, but not all. I don't think I would EVER be a better cook than my mom.
Anyhow, you will notice that in almost ALL of my recipes, I call for ONION POWDER and GARLIC POWDER. I use this as a substitute for FRESH ONION AND GARLIC (unless otherwise specified) for a reason...
I DON'T WANT CHUNKS IN THE RECIPES! I just looks better, and it leaves questions in peoples minds if I've used onion and garlic or not. BY ALL MEANS, use fresh onion and fresh garlic if you like. I prefer the powder forms.
I hope you all enjoy my recipes. Thanks to my mom. She's 59 years old AND STILL GOING STRONG!