So who here besides me loves to cook?
I'm not much of a baker but I learned a lot about cooking from my Dad ("the properties of food," as he calls it) and from experimenting on my own. My dad is an AMAZING cook so his approval means a lot to me. I like to experiment and improvise but I often get a flash of a dish in my head and know exactly what I need to make it work.
Yesterday I made my first Cajun-style seafood stew. My dad and I ate it for lunch (he works from home) and was really impressed by it. It was a very simple recipe, your basic stew with some spices, frozen seafood, onions, tomatoes, and corn, plus some frozen shellfish (shrimp, calamari rings, etc).
I have a few other recipes too that are "Bartolome Originals" including one for a peanut-flavored rice noodle stir fry that all my college friends used to ask me to make. I can also make cheesesteaks (I'm a Philadelphian) and I like experimenting with different touches flavor when cooking fish like cod or tilapia. I found that combining herbs with orange slices I could give the fish an interesting, Earthy but tangy flavor.
Any way, I thought I would make this thread for the benefit of those who'd like to discuss cooking and share recipes or techniques.