What’s up! I’m Paul. I’m a former corporate marketing guy that is now a Stay-at- Home Dad. I did the whole silicon valley, start up, failed start up, fun 2-hour commute to a 9-5 job, and I’m pretty much done with that whole business now. While that was good for the bank account, I wouldn’t say that I miss it at all (in fact my blood pressure and waistline don’t either, I’m down 20 lbs and 10 points in my blood pressure). Thankfully, my wife works (thankfully again), and so I’m now in-charge of all the cooking (excluding baking, my wife is a wonderful baker of cookies and scones).
Before I went on sabbatical (my wife calls it jobless-ness), I had not much experience with cooking other than the typical Asian guy skills of grilling steaks, making spaghetti, and Japanese curry (pretty much out of a box, just cook chicken). With my newly free schedule (actually that is a complete lie, as having school being remote, combined with cooking and cleaning doesn’t leave a ton of time for fun and games), I decided to attempt to learn to cook. That in combination with my outrageously high blood pressure, generously expanding waist line, and advancing age (turning 40 next year), has forced me to start cooking or get meds.
Thankfully while I have limited skills cooking for a family of kids, there is Youtube and a bunch of great homecooking chefs out there today. I want to call out home cooking, because that is what I’m about. Asian cooking that your Mom, my Mom, and all the Asian Moms around the world cooked like back in the day. When you got two hungry kids at home, you don’t got time for no fancy looking plate that has absolutely all the wrong tastes. I need dinners that are slam dunk awesome, which means they get second helpings without me asking if they want more. That is how you know the dish is good, plus if I want a second helping I know it was halfway decent.
In addition, having done most of my post college life in San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, and eaten like a champ at the best Asian restaurants on the coast (multiple times, all the time, for years), I know what the food should taste like to be line-out-the-door good. I also happen to have most of the Asian countries in my family (southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, Chinese), which makes the family cookbook very extensive and potlucks fun.
Thank you for stopping by, and good luck cooking today!