Back to basics

It’s been a while. I wish I had some news, something interesting that kept me from writing and cooking the past few months…but I don’t.

As I’ve mentioned, I struggle with depression that rears it’s ugly head from time to time and, unfortunately, keeps me from doing what I love.

As a whole 2017 wasn’t my best year, but the last few months tore me up pretty bad.

Needless to say, my cooking and writing sufferred and I slipped further and further into the hole I’d created for myself…until Mama G’s birthday.

I was home with my brother, his wife, and Mama & Papa G (Stax was celebrating a good friend’s upcoming nupties in Ohio) for the first time in a long while and started to feel good again.


How can you not smile when you’re with this woman!


Then…we started cooking and, while this might seem a bit dramatic, I began to feel like I was putting pieces of myself back together with each new ingredient of the recipe.

I started to feel like myself again.

And it dawned on me…I was cooking with my mom. I was back cooking with the person who taught me to love food in the first place. I was back cooking in the place where I learned my first recipe…I was back to the beginning.

To be fair to Stax, who had to deal with a few more “bad” days over the next week, I didn’t really realize those things in the moment…but you get what I’m saying here, right?

Well, that got me thinking about how I could find my way back into the kitchen and in front of the computer…and I came up with a plan.

Three or so years ago, my mom and my two aunts put together a cook book of my family’s recipes. Each of the kids got the book and it’s filled with food and pictures and history…as you can imagine, I cried when I opened it. Cuz…emtions.


That’s it next to my Grandpa’s coffee grinder and a mini hotdog/hamburger set


So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to go back to the beginning and cook through each of these recipes.  I want to make the food that I grew up eating and that helped cultivate my passion for cooking, and hopefully I can get a bit closer to my family and The Big 4 (Grandpa, Grandma, and Great Uncle and Aunt) in the process.

I’m excited for the journey and look forward to sharing what I discover.

Kisses yall.

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I’m an acting/improvising optimizing son of a gun.

I’ve been living and working and performing in Chicago since 2005. I love to eat, travel, talk and make people laugh. So for me this blog stuff is pretty neat.

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