Hey there, and welcome to CookingYo!
My name is Ken, I grew up outside Philadelphia, did some time in the military, explored many cultures. I ate their food and drank their beer before coming home to settle down. Currently I am a Professional Firefighter. I drive the back of a ladder truck on a tractor drawn tiller unit.
I have two homes, one I share with my family, and one I share with my firefighting brothers. One home has a nice kitchen with a great Bertazzoni 6 burner gas range, the other is a basic kitchen with the focal point of a GE 4 burner electric glass top range. It is more than capable of putting out quality meals for the men.
I got in to cooking shortly after I got a permanent assignment on the ladder. January 2014 is when I really started cooking in Cast Iron. I have acquired many pieces of iron since then; from Civil War pieces up to latest wares produced in 2015.
Whereas I cook mostly on Cast Iron at home, at work I cook mostly in Ceramic coated skillets. The exception being my 125 year old #10 ERIE skillet made by Griswold.
A $3.00 price per person per meal in my fire department is the optimal price. If you can cook a meal for that then the men will not complain. You must learn to be very creative in these times to get a meal at the $3.00 price point. Home life is a little different, this is where the more riskier recipes come in to play with better ingredients. Recently I have been taking pictures of my creations, people seem to like them, so the natural evolution is this blog.
Here you will find recipes, a few tales from the job, a kitchen table quote or two, and some of my Cast Iron Cookware. Questions ? Comments ? It would be great to hear from you. Enjoy Yo!
Most of the pictures taken on this site are taken with a 5 year old Nikon D5000. It is an oldie but a goodie. This camera allows me to get tight shots of food, so close it can look better than the human eye sees it.
Everything else is shot with an Iphone 5. It is what I primarily shoot with when taking pictures of meals made at the firehouse. Enjoy all the photographs, just remember all photographs are copyrighted © to cookingyo.com. If you wish to use them, ask permission.
Update: Some video is now shot with a GoPro Her0 4 Silver.