Thank you for visiting Olde Time
Cooking. I have given you my thoughts about cooking
(please read those if you already haven't) and now I will give you a little bit about
myself. You are listening to Nights in White Satin by
The Moody Blues, one of my
Being the only child of two full time working parents, I was given a
lot of time to myself. My adoring Grandmother, Verna Scobey and loving Aunt Evie
were both integral parts of my life. I learned much of my love of cooking from them
both and was fortunate enough to be handed down family recipes all the way from my
As a matter of fact, during my freshman year of high
school when I was 14, our social studies class at Manalapan High School in Englishtown,
NJ debated the traditional roles of male vs. female and one of the topics came to
cooking. We were discussing that most of the famous chef's of the time (early 1970's) were
men with few exceptions (Julia Child being one of my culinary heroes). There was
even a cook by the name of Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet, who was a hit at that
time. I digress, anyway, our class decided to have a "bake-off".
Well, being renowned for throwing some fancy dinner parties for my friends in
drama club and band, and my
cooking knowledge from scouting, I was chosen to represent the male species against Connie
"Smith". We had the head of the Economics Department (Ms.
"Jones") watch us as we
prepared and baked traditional chocolate chip
cookies. The cookies were then taken back to class and labeled "A" and
"B". The students tasted each and then voted on the best cookie. Ms.
Jones also said who, in her opinion, made the best cookie. In both cases (OK, here
it comes) the most tasty treat came from yours truly. Connie never spoke to me
again all through high school.
So it goes that to this day, I take pride in my cooking and put
a lot of love into everything I make and do. I try hard to be a good citizen, and do
the right thing. Living by the "Golden Rule" has always been my
trademark. I still enjoy throwing the occasional dinner party and enjoy my cooking
as much as the guests, but I am even more thrilled to see their enjoyment of a good time.
I am also very honored
to be an Eagle Scout, although it perplexes me why some people have determined that an
honest, hard-working and sincere person such as myself (and I say that as humbly as one
can) has been deemed unfit as a role model. In my opinion, the world could use as
many positive role models as it can get, regardless of their personal lifestyles.
When I am not cooking, I do have a real job that pays
the bills and buys the food. I am the Owner and President of
Spirit Title & Escrow, Inc., a full service real
estate title insurance company. We handle refinance and purchase transactions
throughout the State of Florida. Give us a visit if you're in the area.
Also, I am very blessed to have a special soul-mate. He
is Paul, The Palm Doctor, and author of The Wise Gardener, who truly enjoys watching my
enthusiasm and ardor in the kitchen. I bless him, and thank him, for always trying
everything I make and for being the very special man he is for almost thirteen years now.
Our latest venture is in the tending of 13 hectares (28
acres) of rainforest in the northwestern province of Bocas del Toro in Panama. We
are in the process of transforming the land from
semi-forestation and cattle grazing to become a world-class botanical garden and
preserve. Find out more by visiting
And last, but by no means least, is
our "daughter" Sage. We rescued her from the Broward County Animal
Shelter (the Heizenga Center) on Labor Day Weekend of 1998. We have given her a home, and she
has given us her love.
So now you know a little more about me and my dedication to perfecting the art
of cuisine on a personal level. Though not a professional chef by trade, I am by
devotion, and take cooking very seriously. Thanks for joining me here and I hope to
hear from you. And by all means please let your friends know about oldetimecooking.com. I enjoy each and every one of you visiting me!
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