Single stepmonster to a pair of teens who jump between here and Silicon Valley - the girl spends most of her time here, her brother resides primarily on the West Coast. Maintaining enthusiasm for cooking for only a few is difficult; my daughter entertains a lot to help me out with that. ;-)
My favorite things to cook
Anything that can be grilled, will be grilled - my grill runs year 'round, and only rests when the temps get below 0 F. Baking cookies, pies, and cakes are a rare treat - I love makin' them much more than eating them. Altering recipes to make unique dinners are a passion, so I focus on cooking things that can be easily altered.
My cooking triumphs
I hated fried eggs as a child, and was very surprised to find out that they were good when not vulcanized. I immediately set out to master omlettes; they remain one of my specialities to this day.
My cooking tragedies
Romantic, home cooked dinner for a new girlfriend - the baked salmon was great, the creamed fresh corn delightful, the homemade bread, solid. Boat anchor, blunt instrument, cut it with a table saw solid. She didn't like fish or corn, but loved bread.