I am a home grown midwesterner stuck in the dirty south. I picked up my interest in cooking from my father. He taught me the basics and I explored from there. My cooking is often centered around Italian and Italian-American cuisine but I cook everything under the sun.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook bad food. The kind that you get a hankering for after a few beers. If it is heavy, flavorful, and loaded with calories, count me in! I can definately cook on the lighter side but it isn't near as fun!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Rigatoni. I haven't posted this recipe simply because it has been in the family for years. Maybe one day when I get over my pride I will have the gumption to post it. During any family chrisis or celebration, we break out the old family tradition. It is hearty and full of flavor.
The wife and I cook up some mean beer brats with a muenster and onion beer cheese topping for Gamecock football nights.
Other traditions in my household are mainly holiday oriented:
home-made apple cider around winter time (recipe coming shortly, haven't had time to post it).
Mexican wedding cakes
Minty Nipples (7up float with peppermint ice cream and a candy cane garnish)
And many others!
My cooking triumphs
Well the aforementioned Brats and beer cheese was a drunken eureka moment, I consider that a triumph. Not to sound over confident but most anything I can "wing" turns out to be a crowd favorite.
My cooking tragedies
I am not a baker (some exceptions apply) I am getting better but my first from scratch cake looked more like a replica of Tunguska than a cake.