Retired from the military and living on a "farm-ette" in northeastern Oregon. We've had English Pointer bird dogs for over 30 years, with the last several being "pre-owned" or rescue dogs. They keep me exercised and serve as my least critical culinary experts while I'm in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
The older I get, the less I like spending hours and hours in the kitchen. My favorite recipes are are increasingly those that are easy. Unfortunately, I don't always end up keeping it simple.
My favorite family cooking traditions
It seems all the old family favorites have been retired in favor of lower fat, lower calorie and simpler food. I still do some of the holiday favorites, and am generally selected to do anything baked, especially pies. Mom, Grandma and Sis were all very capable bakers, so I guess I'm carrying on that tradition.
My cooking triumphs
Bread...homemade bread. Not the kind from a bread machine, but the old-fashioned, knead-10-minutes kind. I just enjoy the process almost as much as I enjoy the results. Homemade bread usually goes with one of my many recipes for homemade soup, which is a good excuse for having bread for a meal.
My cooking tragedies
Cornish pasties. The first time I made them as a young bride, I didn't know how to make pie crust. I was the kid that didn't have much interest in cooking, but had watched Mom make her most excellent pie crust. I did consult her via phone before making the pasties. She said it was hard to use too much shortening in pie crust; so just to be safe, I added extra. It was too much. The pasties were a greasy, crumbly mess. We ate out that night.