How I fell in love with food
I’m Clarissa Cordero from Huntington Beach, CA, I am a mother of two and a proud grandmother of a sweet seven-year old name Damien.
I love to “Dish” when it comes to anything that is food related.
I enjoy being in the kitchen creating and cooking, as it has been my passion from the moment I was able to hold a spatula. I am completely self-taught and I have well over thirty years of experience cooking, baking, and grilling. I guess you can say I was a mama’s girl, and always followed my mom around the kitchen. It was about when I was around 11 or 12 when I started cooking dinner for our family of five to help out my mom, who unfortunately worked long hours on her feet all day.
My early cooking started with the basics; semi homemade, seasoning packets, hamburger helper types of meals, and lots of canned foods. Today my cooking style is quite opposite. I would describe my cooking as rustic Italian and comfort food, along with being a master at handling the grill. I love grilling everything from a nice cut of brisket, to pineapple for my sorbet. And I enjoy grilling anytime of year, I’ve even grilled in 40 degrees and in the rain.
Although I never went to culinary school or took any classes other than standard “Home Economics” in Junior High/High School, i do consider myself as “self-taught” but, I am not a “Chef” nor do I feel comfortable with me being addressed as a “Chef”. I feel the title of “Chef” is one of a sacred title, for which I have not earned, as I’ve never gone to school or come up in ranks from working “on the line”
In the last ten to fifteen years I feel as a home cook I’ve grown stronger and have learned many techniques. I love to explore as many flavor profiles throughout the world.
I started this blog to share recipes, tips, and important information with like-minded people. I would love to teach those who have a genuine fear of cooking, yet they want to learn, and help guide them and bring their passion out. Cooking is rather easy, and shouldn’t feel like a chore.
Food is the one thing that really does bring people together, and warms the heart. I was fortunate enough to have inherited from my mom her photographic memory, she never wrote a single recipe down and over these last five years, as my daughter got married and wanted to learn more, I figure its time for me to put them on a site to share with others.
There are a lot of dishes that I learned from my mom, and over time I have put my own spin on them, but to keep these dishes passed down it’s important that I do document these for my kids, grandson.
One never stops learning, and sharing with one another, it’s what keeps ideas fresh from one kitchen table to another.