I started off very slowly with cooking, some 20 years ago with learning knife skills, knowing all spices that I would be using in dishes I wanted to prepare. I began to realize that if one chooses, say, Asian (Indian) cuisine, or even Thai, you really must have numerous spices that are not normally found in an "Everyday" American spice cabinet. I have over 80 spices, with over 5000 recipes that I have, and have made a good percentage of them. Of course, I always have favorites, and make them more often at the insistence of my wife.
My favorite things to cook
Asian (Indian and Thai dishes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner with Scottish steel cut oat stuffing, used in our family for over 250+ years. It's the only stuffing I use, as our family loves it so,
My cooking triumphs
When ever anything I prepare comes out as I think it should...is a triumph!!
My cooking tragedies
I never, never use or buy pre-made salad dressings...but when I am in a hurry, I occasionally knock my homemade dressing all over me, the cabinets and on the floor!