I was raised in German-American household, where food was an expression of love and family. Basically, it was everything! I have always just loved to cook. People have asked me why I didn't become a chef, and my answer is that if I had to do it for a living, I would probably grow to dislike it. My favorite way to cook is for a few friends or family, and just enjoy the meal and the company. I love to cook for my wife when we can have a romantic evening (not very often!).
My favorite things to cook
I love Thai cuisine, and I like to do things that require some creativity. I like to take a recipe, break it down, and then make it my own. I also like to do the unexpected. I recently decided to make chocolate-bacon cupcakes. There were more than a few surprised people, and needless to say, there were no leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am not sure that I can answer that, because the person who was my biggest culinary influence was so diverse and skilled at making everything. She is my mom, and she was going to open her own restaurant, but life happens, so the restaurant didn't.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime I put something together, and my guest gets the 'I just ate the most amazing thing and my tongue is singing!!' look on their face, thet is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I destroyed an expensive Magnalite saucepan by not watching raisins while I was reducing them. Oops!