Welcome to All Food Considered!  My name is T.J. and although I’m relatively new to the culinary field on a professional level, I've enjoyed cooking and baking for quite some time now.  I can remember back to first grade when each student had to demonstrate a talent to the class.  Without hesitation, I decided to teach everyone how to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Ever since then, my interest with food has grown exponentially as well as my desire to pass on what I've learned to others.

Although I do work in the food industry, my background is in engineering.  In high school I enjoyed classes dealing with math and science, so naturally I decided to pursue the field of engineering.  I earned my BS in civil engineering and ended up landing a job as a structural engineer.  Although I enjoyed certain elements of the job, I decided after about two years that engineering just wasn't how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.  Rather, I wanted to turn my passion of cooking into a profession.   So far I have gained experience as a short order cook, kitchen manager, pastry chef, prep/line cook, sous chef, and head chef.  And I can honestly say that I’m loving it – something I couldn't say before.

This blog came into existence shortly after college and was meant as a way to document my favorite recipes with friends and family.  Since then, it’s turned into a tool I can use to pass on not only recipes but general culinary lessons and tips that I've learned over the years with anyone in the world with an internet connection.

The bulk of my postings are recipes that I have tried and tweaked over the years and feel they’re well worth passing on.  As the name of the blog implies, I do my best to cover as many types of food as I can.  On the site you’ll find anything from homemade hamburger buns to pumpkin cheesecake, chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo, West African sweet potato and peanut soup, or homemade pizzas.  Although I don’t know if I could pick a favorite dish out, I can say that desserts have turned into my specialty over the years.

In addition to recipes, this blog offers a variety of culinary lessons that offer insight into certain ingredients, techniques, and general food-related concepts.  The purpose of these posts is to get inexperienced home cooks excited about cooking while also keeping advanced cooks interested.

In closing, I want to thank you for checking out AFC, and thus, supporting what I do.  Since this site is for you, please let me know what you’d like to see more (or less) of, whether it’s a certain type of food, a specific culinary lesson you’d like me to report on, or just overall thoughts about the blog.  Any questions or feedback can be sent to me using the Contact form above, or by commenting on any page.

Thanks again, and enjoy!