I was born in Los Angeles, California and raised there in the 1950's. I was educated at the UofA in Tucson and moved back to Los Angeles upon graduation. I spent a little over 30 years in broadcasting and was able to retire a few years ago. I returned to Tucson because I love the area and the small town feel of Tucson, even though we have one million people here.
My favorite things to cook
I"m not all that well versed in the kitchen so I stick to simple things. Poultery, beef, Fish, pasta are my favorites, but I also enjoy vegitarian stir frying. I try my hand at baking on occasion, pies,biscuits and cookies are about it though. They come out ok but when company's coming, I buy the real thing just to be safe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in a spanish/mexican home so my memories of making tamales from scratch with my Grandmother and Mom remain a favorite. I still make tamales from scratch, but only once a year for christmas, the tradition in most mexican homes, and menudo for New Year. As a child and young man, everything that came out of the kitchen was made from scratch, nothing, or very little, from a bag or can. My kitchen is the same. I try to never buy anything in a can or otherwise prepared.
My cooking triumphs
Tamales, enchiladas, beans, soups and ravioli can all be described as cooking triumphs. Everything else can only be described as good, but not for public consumption.
My cooking tragedies
Fried eggs have always bedeveled me. They are always overcooked and burned along the edges, or undercooked and runny. I even burn toast.