Stole this from my cousin wild_caper
1. What is your favorite spice or spice blend?
Lowry's Nature's Seasoning. It's a good lazy fall-back for when you're just cooking to eat, so you don't have to get too fancy. For fancy cooking, I go with either chipotle or smoked-spanish paprika.
2. What do you cook for yourself when you are sad?
Usually something high fat and high protein: chili, dirty rice, cold tortelini salad, pizza casserole, pizza, braunschweiger sandwich, etc.
3. What do you cook for yourself when you are sick? Do you have a "cure-all"?
A pint of boiling water, two servings' worth of lemon canarino, juice of two lemons, and a teaspoon of powdered ginger. It'll give you about 6 hours of good useable energy to get through a work-day.
4. Describe your most memorable taste adventure - good or bad.
Good: Capers Haggis and Blue Cheese pizza in Edinburgh Scotland. Bad: sardine-flavored jelly-beans in the dark.
5. What comes to mind when you think the word "garlic"?
I keep a head in my fridge.
6. Who taught you how to cook?
My mother, my cousin, a cook at the Super-Conducting Super-Collider, Alton Brown, and some experimentation.
7. Are you a "pretty" cook?
8. What do you most like to make when you are entertaining guests? Do you have any "designed-to-impress" recipes?
Risotto. My cousin taught me the basics, and I've been experimenting from there.
9. What was the last thing you ate? More importantly, why did you eat it?
I went to a place I heard an ad for on the radio, because it was new and interesting: The Chili-Dog Cafe. Their armadillo-eggs were a little (logistically) hard to eat, but not bad. The bacon-wrapped hot-dog with grilled onions and barbecue sauce ws better than average.
10. Do you have a favorite herb or herb blend?
I get the most mileage out of cilantro, but I LOVE dill weed.
11. What is your favorite food that you haven't made/eaten in a long while?
Haggis. I'm really
close. I just need to make some more lamb and lamb-liver sausage and try again.
12. What is your "fall back" meal? Something you can make anytime and it's always a hit?
Chili. I may have perfected my recipe. I'll have to make it again to be sure.
13. What was the first real recipe you learned to make?
14. What is the most difficult dish you've ever tried to make? (whether you succeeded or not)
Homemade tamales. two days of following a recipe slowly, and a lot of guess-work. They came out great.
15. What is the most often used ingredient in your kitchen?
Butter, and salt.