Lover of all things culinary.
My favorite things to cook
Created what I call Roughneck Eggs Benedict (biscuit, fried ham slice, poached egg w/double pepper country gravy); cioppino, pepper-rubbed flank steak, chicken enchilada verde, lasagna
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom absolutely hated cooking but soldiered through it because that's what moms do. Every bite of meat had to be vigorously reconstituted with milk or water before swallowing. Her biggest successes were usually torn from the pages of Ladies Home Journal and always involved at least one can of Cream of Something soup. When she realized one of her kids loved to cook, encouragement and gratitude were lavish. So my favorite cooking tradition is saving Mom from seeing our eyes bulge out as we attempted to swallow her meals.
My cooking triumphs
Moroccan chicken tagine with apricots and green olives.
My cooking tragedies
Attempted same Moroccan chicken but had to add 4 more portions mid-stream. Tragically (maybe dangerously) undercooked. Yikes.