My name is Conny Lokanis and my blog is about sharing ideas and thoughts about cooking.

When I retired about twenty years ago, I became interested in cooking. I attended various cooking demonstrations , took some cooking classes in Italy when I traveled and watched many cooking shows on TV. In the process I learned several techniques to enhance my cooking skills.

For Christmas I received the Culinary Institute of America textbook. This gave me more information on how to prepare meals and speed up the overall cooking process. I learned to use mise en place, certain herbs and spices as well as how to make your own stocks for sauces. I also had a class at my home from a chef who showed me how to use the different stocks to make sauces for beef, chicken, fish and pork dishes. I’ve come a long way from my early days of cooking in the Army well before I retired.