I never thought I would be the cook in the house, but family circumstances being what they were, I stepped up to the range almost 40 years ago. Been doing it since. I'm probably better than intermediate, but I just can't call myself an expert, unless you want to know what NOT to do!
My favorite things to cook
Chicken Big Mamou on Pasta, lasagne, ribs, some vegetarian. Pretty eclectic. I like to try ethnic cooking, too, but am not adamant about it being totally accurate. It's cooking, not brain surgery.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I must have learned from my mother by osmosis, since I could never have cooked with her in the kitchen. I guess the genes are there. I like to cook for family, and both our children are good cooks.
My cooking triumphs
Any dish that people enjoy. I like it when my wife says "This is a 'make-again!'"
My cooking tragedies
Macaroni and baked bean casserole. You don't want to know. Tapioca sans sugar. I was so embarrassed!