Having a chef for a father, if you show the slightest interest, you will be cooking at a very early age. I have had a very long and ever changing relationship with cooking. I loved it, I hated it, I loved it, I hated it, etc. Unfortunately it wasn’t my Dad who turned me into a foodie, of sorts. It was Alton Brown of Good Eats fame. As much as I loved my father, he was a bit short tempered when it came to teaching. He also felt his way was the only way.
Some have said that I cook well enough to have a restaurant. Dear GOD, don’t wish that on me! I have seen what the restaurant business can do to a person. That is something I would NEVER wish upon my worst enemy. OK, maybe a worst enemy. I grew up with my Dad and Uncle being business partners in a restaurant. The restaurant was called Kaphan’s. My uncle bought into Kaphan’s in the 1950s. Daddy was working down the street at another restaurant as chef and making a good name for himself. Then my uncle convinced him to come work for Kaphan’s. My entire childhood I would hear people say “Oh! You’re part of Kaphan’s?” The restaurant was quite famous locally. The restaurant was over by the Astrodome so they would get a lot of the sports players come in there after games, and being down the street from the Texas Medical Center a lot of famous doctors would dine there. Honestly, in the 60s, 70s and 80s anyone who was anyone ate there. The restaurant closed in 1997 when my dad and uncle decided to retire.
Here I will list recipes that I have either collected from family members and made my own and recipes of my own. OK! I might slip in a few of my favorites that I have collected from the Internet. Some of them I collected many years ago when the WWW first opened up. I will do my best to give credit where credit is due.