Welcome to my blog, Slow Burning Passion. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit. My name is Steve, and I’m the writer, photographer, cook, webmaster, social media guy, grocery shopper, and head dishwasher. I live in a gorgeous little city at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers (Portland, Oregon), surrounded by lush green Douglass fir forests and majestic glaciated volcanoes. I take full advantage of this stunningly beautiful environment by living an active, outdoorsy Pacific Northwest lifestyle that includes healthy doses of hiking, camping, road trips, backyard barbecuing, alpine mountaineering, and rock and ice climbing. This reflects my sporty/outdoorsy side (yes, I have a sporty/outdoorsy side).
I have a creative/ready-writey side as well, which involves, among other things, a life long passion for cooking. I’m the guy who’ll spend several days preparing a meal we’ll all sit down and devour in under 30 minutes, and (this part is key) even after it’s over I’ll think it was well worth the effort. Given this particular mania and predilection, no one should really be surprised that I started this food blog.
I’m eating a lot healthier these days, and I’m currently rather infatuated with the Mediterranean Diet. Most of the recipes you find here are in that style. In fact, I started Slow Burning Passion for a fairly specific mash up of aesthetic and health reasons. If you’re interested in the story, check out the section below.
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THE GENESIS OF SLOW BURNING PASSION
I started Slow Burning Passion in May of 2015. As I think I noted not more than two or three paragraphs above, cooking has been a life long passion for me. It began when I went off to college with no real cooking skills and not a lot of money for food. After suffering a few years of instant Ramen noodles, jarred spaghetti sauce, and packaged macaroni and “cheese” (it was orange powder in a little packet), I became determined to learn how to cook, and how to cook well. I started asking people who knew how to cook to teach me. And so many of them gladly obliged. Eventually, a chef friend of mine suggested I buy the two volume set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child and Simone Beck. I did so. I read them cover to cover like novels, and began cooking the recipes. In the process I fell in love with cooking and I’ve been cooking ever since.
In recent years as I’ve crept my way into middle age, I’ve developed type 2 diabetes (which both of my parents also have) and psoriatic arthritis (an inflammatory auto-immune disease). These are relatively new realities in my life (just in the past few years), and I’m still learning how to adjust my cooking and my eating to accommodate them. Fortunately, there is a solid and growing body of scientific evidence that suggests that these maladies are highly susceptible to improvement via behavioral changes like weight loss, exercise, and good nutrition. So in addition to losing weight and staying physically active, I’ve been on a quest to eat an anti-inflammatory diet that’s compatible with being a diabetic (i.e., “slow burning” in the carbohydrate department). Rather than accepting this new dietary path with a sense of grim resignation, I would much prefer to explore it in a way that makes it interesting, exciting, challenging, and fun–the way it felt when I was first learning how to cook back in college. I started Slow Burning Passion as a vehicle that might provide me with just this opportunity.
I know that there are many other people in a situation similar to my own. Perhaps you’re one of them. If so, I hope you find my blog enjoyable and helpful, and I hope you’ll share it with your friends.
Portland, Oregon, USA