While losing weight and getting into shape, I've spent a lot of time modifying old recipes to be healthier, and developing a few of my own in the process. I've been cooking most of my life, and I can all of my own jams and pickles. I like to find cheap, low-quality cuts of meat and turn them into something gourmet. I'm a huge fan of Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, and Mario Batali. I've been trying to learn about wines and pairings.