Retired military. Well traveled. Hate five specks of some kind of food on a forty dollar plate no matter how well presented. Fry cook as a teen-ager in my mom's cafe, between pumping gas at my dad's service station. Loved frying more.
Other than helping cook through child rearing years, had little time to experiment until after retirement. It has become almost an illness now. TV programs are sports, History Channel and Food Network. Love Paula Deen, Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood. Watch Chopped religiously and also enjoy Bobby Flay and Alton Brown.
My favorite things to cook
All the BBQ things except seafood. Slow-cooker soups and meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making lefse, a tradional Norwegian flat bread, especially for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. Holiday cookies and candy.
My cooking triumphs
Won two out of the three chili cook-offs I entered. One traditional red and one white/green.
My cooking tragedies
Usually a high oven heat recipe like pan baked steaks or caramelized bacon. Smoke detectors get tested. Don't have great baking success either. To precise and I didn't do well in chemistry. Another problem is having happy hour with the wife when the steaks are on the grill. So much for a medium steak. Have thrown a couple away through the years. I have also over-seasoned a time or too or misread recipes. I remember when we first got married about forty years ago, my wife was going to make a "home-made" salad dressing. Recipe called for vegetable oil, we had no idea what that was so used vegetable shortening. Ish!