I'm an avid outdoorsman who LOVES TO COOK! . Since I work in law enforcement, cooking is the PERFECT way to unwind from a long shift, and I often find myself planning a meal at 1 or 2 am. I think I recieved my passion for food from my wonderful Mom and Dad. My Mom would somehow always make a wonderful meal with whatever she had on hand. Money wasn't plentiful as I grew up, but I never knew it by the dinner table. Dad was an Army cook during WWII and taught me the joy of cooking for many. As I have been elected camp cook at deer camp, I have found that cold, wet and hungry hunters can be your best critics. I'm still alive, so I must be doing a good job...lol. Neither Mom or Dad believed in short cuts...Do it right the first time was instilled in my head. Always use the best you have, and you'll alway get the best results. It has served me well in life....with my wonderful 2 daughters,in the kitchen, and as a public servant. Dinner at night, and espically on Sunday afternoon was always a project of love. Mom was never too busy, or too tired to cook dinner. Dad was always hovering nearby, tasting,and sometimes adding a little something behind Mom's back. With a wink and a smile he taught me the art of keeping a happy home. Not with words, but with action and sometimes silence. I still try to keep those meals special, but working daily rotating shifts causes some problems. I've learned to make multiple meals at the same time so the family can sit down and eat even though I'm at work. The hardest part now is keeping the menu fresh. 15 and 20 year old daughters are tough to please.....lol. my youngest is now discovering that she likes Thai food.........how do I compete with THAT? I guess this is the place to learn the art of THAI! Pot stickers with Coconut rice is her new rave. I guess I'll be investing in Woks??? Good bye Emeril and Paula Deen....at least for now as Paula WAS her favorite Foodnetwork host.