I retired in 2002 and moved (this past January) from New Jersey to Florida during the winter and Maine during the summer. I have a wonderful wife who loves me and my cooking and two adult children who we spend time with in NJ while passing through.
My favorite things to cook
I have been cooking for 20 years or so, but realized I only had about 15 different meals in my cooking arsenal. I wandered into AR and now I try to make new entree at least 5 times a week. I also like to bake bread, and have not bought store bread in over two years. I often buy a bunch of bananas and find a new way to use them when they ripen. People are always showing up here on "banana day".
My favorite family cooking traditions
Inviting friends to dinner where everything is home made, from the soup and croutons to dessert. I like to cook and socialize at the same time, so we often entertain in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I have had many successes cooking. I have become very successful at preparing for dinners so that everything is ready at the same time.
My cooking tragedies
I was cooking a bundt cake on the top shelf of the electric oven. The cake rose during baking into the upper heating element of the oven. I smelled it, and in an effort to save the cake, I tried to pull the shelf out of the oven while holding the bundt pan and you can probably guess what happened. I got a nice burn on my forearm and it took hours to clean the mess.