I'm the father of three little ones, an outdoorsman, a carpenter, and I hope to own a lodge someday where I can cook and serve lavish/gourmet meals to my guests.
My favorite things to cook
Anything BBQ'd. I love the slow and smoky stuff. I also enjoy cooking a variety of ethnic dishes... thai, mexican, middle eastern, greek, . No baking (not a big fan of measuring...). Someday I hope to build an outdoor wood fired oven to indulge in my love of pizza.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I share Thanksgiving/Christmas duties with my mom, but when it comes to my wife's and my parties I love to go wild with the food. No one ever leaves our house hungry... Dolmades, Spiced Cranberry Sauce, and my BBQ'd Turkey are always favorites. I do most of the dinner cooking, and it amuses me that my 3 year old son is the one that wants to help... the girls are too busy with their artwork.
My cooking triumphs
Every time we throw a party, whether its one of our kids' birthdays or a solstice dinner, we try to make sure the menu is generous and delicious. The latest was a smoked pork butt and country style ribs that I had to get up at 5:00 AM to BBQ before the party. They took over 6 hours to BBQ, and were the most delicious meat. We had way too much food, but the leftovers were quickly claimed by all the guests.
My cooking tragedies
I once prepared a thanksgiving meal for 20 in our very little house. About an hour before dinner, I discovered the 1960's turkey roaster had conked out much earlier - leaving alot of people waiting patiently. We had added an extra table in the living room to seat everyone, leaving so little room that no one could get up. They were trapped - and hungry. Never will I borrow a cooking device again...