About The Advanced Cook

The advanced cook’s expertise falls somewhere between a professional chef and a great home cook.
They are a self-professed foodie that craves flavors that excite their palate’.
An advanced cook likely derives joy in sharing their creations with others.
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My Trip to the Philippines

My day time job is working for a Telecom. They offered me an experience of a lifetime to go to the Philippines and bond with my employees.  I’ve worked closely with them and we’ve built great relationships over the years. We have spent lots of time in video conferences in the last few years but had never met in person. It had always been my dream to travel to different countries, learn about different cultures and most important, taste their cuisine. How could I say no to an all-paid experience of a lifetime?   Preparing for my journey meant packing the lightest weight clothes thatRead More →

A Spring BBQ Contest and a Pig Pickin

It is springtime in the south and nothing says spring has arrived better than the number of outdoor fun-filled, food events in March.  We started the month by attending Jimbo’s Annual BBQ competition. It is held just up the road from me at Stonewall Farm. The proceeds from the event in 2018 went to Operation HomeFront helping local military veterans. This year 2019 it will go to Carolina Calvary who was formed to help the NC hurricane victims. We thought we would pop in for a quick pulled-pork sandwich since we had reservations for dinner later that night. Ha, lol, let me tell you thatRead More →

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Valentine’s Day may have an ever-changing face and meaning from a historical perspective. The fact remains that the United States, as well as many other countries: Canda, Mexico, the Philippines, and much of Europe, celebrate this day of Love. Personally, we like to think about Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express our love for those closest to us with food. Yes, food is love! You have likely read or heard about the ” 5 Love Languages” book written by Dr. Gary Chapman. He defines the 5 ways that people express their love as: Words of Affirmation Acts of Service Receiving Gifts Quality Time Physical Touch IfRead More →

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