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Who's Cooking?: Kenneth Gray of Commack

KENNETH GRAY

Kenneth Gray is a manager at Verizon. He lives in Commack with his wife, Carol, and their two children, Conor, 15, and Samantha, 10.

What kind of cooking did you grow up with? It was very traditional. I cook very differently than my parents did. I guess their food was more repetitious . . . there were a few things they made, and that was it. Also, the food was higher in fat. For example, I cook with olive oil instead of the butter they used. We used to have a roast every Sunday. Maybe it's because there was less variety in the supermarkets then.

Do you plan in advance for your meals? My wife hates to shop, and I hate doing a big shopping on the weekend. So I shop every day of the week. I guess that's a little Old World. But if I see something in the paper or in a magazine, I will stop and pick up the ingredients and make the dish that night.

What about your kids? Well, we encourage them to try different things.

Are there particular utensils or pots that you find yourself using over and over again? I wouldn't be able to cook without nonstick pans, and I'm partial to wooden utensils.

Is there a restaurant you really like? We like to go to Ciao Baby in Commack.

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