Musician, erstwhile free-lance writer, and recovering sheep farmer, living a charmed life with my always-hungry family in beautiful midcoast Maine. Currently holding one of those middle-management day jobs to support the sailboat habit, yarn addiction and grocery bill.
My favorite things to cook
Homemade breads and "comfort food" during cold weather (which is, like, nine months of the year up here); fresh seafood; and anything spicy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making far too much food for guests, and holiday meals: pork braised in homemade sauerkraut on New Year's Day - a midwestern tradition that was part of the spousal package deal (he makes the sauerkraut; bonus!) - and oyster or lobster stew on Christmas Eve.
My cooking triumphs
Creating Thanksgiving dinner - with all the trimmings and without a single recipe - in my bachelor brother-in-law's bare-bones kitchen one year when a freak snowstorm scuttled our travel plans. Fortunately my nephew had bagged a wild turkey a few days before!
My cooking tragedies
Our 20-year-old stove is acting up. Currently anything that goes in the oven has potential to fall into this category.