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My name is Pete and I have worked in the Foodservice profession, off and on, over the past 10 years. I have been a line cook, a grill cook, a prep cook... never a Chef, as in the position of Chef. I have also been a runner and a dishwasher. Some of these, a few times.

I love cooking! I love learning new recipes and new techniques. Food is one of those things I have loved, in the kitchen, for many years and it is still the profession I prefer.

I have gone amateur. The pandemic and other life events have made it necessary to leave the professional kitchen. But I do miss it, and hope to return some day.

My professional cuisine has been mostly American style cooking. In my amateur world, however, I have learned several Asian dishes.. including many Indian styles of cooking... Curry is one thing I love to do.

By American, I am talking about steaks, burgers, stews, briskets, slow cooked meats, vegetable sides, salads of all kinds, soups, bisques, sauces, and fried foods.

I have less experience with seafood, international foods, and I wish I knew more regional such as southern cuisine.

I hope to be able to learn, discuss, and share as much as possible here.
 
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Welcome to CT!

I look for ward to your input, feedback, and questions.

The search feature is useful for finding many topics of interest.
 
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Hi Aldente
You have come to the right place ;)
I like my curries too. but my real favourite food region is SE asia
Hope you are going to enjoy it here!
 
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Have a look at our monthly challenge!
Theme is "spicy". Might be right up your alley ;)
 
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Have a look at our monthly challenge!
Theme is "spicy". Might be right up your alley ;)
I have been thinking about this. I do not just make spicy food just to make it spicy. I think food needs to be enjoyed, not tolerated. I understand there are people who will take it as spicy as they can get it, but I don't cook that way.

I have been thinking about a sweet chili shrimp dish... with Thai flavors. But I don't know if mine would be nearly as spicy as some might want.
 
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I like spicy food, but I need to be able to taste what I am eating!
It's not a macho thing. For some people half a chili in food is nice, while others like 4 or 5 or whatever.
If I get people over for dinner, I reduce the amount and serve chili paste to the side
Go ahead and post ;) Or at least check it out
 
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