I'm an Avid cook of most all cuisines. It's kinda scary how many different spices, condiments, and weird stuff I have on hand at all times. My Father was a home gourmet cook in the days of the Galloping Gourmet, Jeff Smith. I still remember him roasting Korean spareribs by hanging them by paper clips in the oven à la Peking duck. Of course, I also remember when he was cooking tripe in a pressure cooker and it exploded. Picture tripe hanging from the ceiling. He sent my best friend and I into the garden to pick chile peppers, which was great fun. Unfortunately, he didn't give us gloves and neglected to tell us not to touch our lips or eyes. Smart move, Walter. Then there was the first time he asked me to light the propane grill in the garage. He forgot to tell me to open the lid assuming I knew everything. It was the day before my high school graduation. No eyebrows for me that day! All in all, I am so grateful he taught me to be a fearless, adventurous cook every day. More importantly he taught me how to seek and use everyday items as my own kitchen hacks. Ever use a bike pump to inflate between duck, chicken or turkey skin and flesh to create the crispest skin ever? Or put leftover skin between two paper plates in the micro for 30 seconds for a delicious rival to bacon? My latest venture is making homemade water and milk kefir. The grains have become my new pets. I made cultured cream into butter that rivals the best very expensive European style butter for a fraction of the cost. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and learning something new from you ever day.