Once again I've changed the look and feel of The Reluctant Gourmet Website / Blog. I still think of it as a website but now that I'm using WordPress as the operating system to present it to you, I guess you could call it a blog.
Really doesn't matter what you call it as long as you like what you see, come back often and tell your friends about my cooking website.
Everything you found on the original website, plus everything posted on the blog mentioned below, are now combined and available in the WordPress version. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing from you.
Welcome to my brand new Reluctant Gourmet Blog. I've wanted to start a blog for a while now but have been a little "reluctant" because one, the concept is new to me and two, I never feel that comfortable with my writing. I hear the same thing from my readers about cooking and I always tell them to give it a try and have some fun with it so I guess I should take my own advice.
If you think about it, cooking and writing are very similar. There are techniques used in both but when it comes down to it, it's all about practice. The more you work at it, the better you get. So please excuse my writing mistakes and I will try to keep the grammatical and spelling errors to a minimum. In the end, it's all about the food and the cooking.
If you pick up some information you can use, great. If I post a recipe you want to make at home, that's good too. If you like what you read or have a comment that'll help some other home cooks, I only ask that you post it but be polite.
What can you expect to find on this website/blog?
I'm hoping to post as much useful information as I can find as often as I can. Don't expect a posting everyday but I will do my best to offer something interesting every day or so.
Some of the topics will include recipes that I've adapted from other cooking sources, tips that I pick up from chefs and cooking publications, cookbook reviews, product reviews, a little shameless marketing of one of my products or some affiliate product and how about some shortcuts.
You will find as the primary home cook with two young girls and a wonderful wife who appreciates good cooking that I look for shortcuts all the time. Most of these shortcuts come in the shape of commercial products that cut the cooking time down by half.
For example, I am all for making homemade pasta or tomato sauce from scratch if you have the time, but who always has the time. If I can find a commercial product that I like and my family enjoys, I'm going for it. You will also find I am a huge fan of Costco and find many of my favorite "shortcuts" there. I will be mentioning these products in this blog.
Who is this website/blog for?
I hope anyone who enjoys cooking and eating but I think it will be especially helpful to anyone who is responsible for putting out meals every night and is "reluctant" to try new ideas or is tired of making the same 6 meals week after week.
Many home cooks with busy lives, including myself, get stuck in a cycle of preparing what's comfortable, easy and familiar. Even with the thousands of recipes we are bombarded with in magazines, cookbooks, and television, we stick to those few tried and true meals week after week.
I'm hoping this blog and my Reluctant Gourmet web site will help you try some new and different ways of looking at cooking.
Who should not read this website/blog?
Anyone who is a food snob and thinks learning the basics is beneath them. I state this on my web site and will state it here, I am not a professional cook, I was never trained as a professional cook. Cooking is my "necessary" hobby and I love talking and writing about it.
Most of the information you get from my web site and this blog comes from things I've picked up from reading and speaking with other cooks. Some of it comes from observations and adapting recipes when I cook so they work for me. I guess you could say I'm a gatherer and translator of cooking information.
If you don't like what I say or how I say it, that's fine. If I make a mistake, please let me know. If you have a better way of doing something, please make it available to everyone else. Again, I only ask that you be polite.