I've studied cooking since 13 years of age from short order to 4 star restaurants. Fortunately I learned from CIA and other Schooled Chefs around NJ. I didn't go to CIA when called since my life was working till 1AM all the dang time. Hard life - but a tasty one!
My favorite things to cook
Seafood is my specialty, followed by soups & stocks. I never cared for read meats much unless working with wines. I only work with wines and alcohols because the flavors are extraordinary!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ramen Noodles! Just kidding, sorta. My mother was a great casserole cook. There's nothing I cook that my mother or father cooked. I'm polish but americanized, yet with a French cooking influence.
My cooking triumphs
Mwwaa ha ha! Anything I cook. But taste is in the tongue of the beholder. I'm applauded for my Lobster Bisque & French Onion. Anything I saute` usually.
My cooking tragedies
Pancakes! I just suck at them.
Anytime someone asks me to cook and they have Aluminum pans or Teflon!
Oh - And Game Meats! Once an Australian Fillet Minion - tasted like Deer meat, and dried up fast.