I live in South Texas, and have been married for 25 years. I do most of the cooking because I love to cook and my wife is more of an "open the can or box" cook. I prefer cooking everything from scratch, including the ingredients that I add to recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Hmmm. This is tough. I don't really have a favorite thing to cook except for something that I have never cooked before. I love to just look through the cabinets and freezer and put a meal together that no one has ever had before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I usually cook by myself since most of the recipes I use are in my head or will be modified on the spot. I guess my favorite tradition now would be when my grandson helps me in the kitchen baking cookies.
My cooking triumphs
I deboned and stuffed a turkey. When it was finished it looked like a baked turkey, but you could slice it in 1/2" slices and get your turkey and stuffing with no bones. It took me several hours to prep the turkey and make it look just right by stitching it back together. I will not ever do it again because of the time involved, but it was really good.
My cooking tragedies
Egg Rolls for my Mother. I over stuffed the spring rolls and they all burst in the deep fryer. After the first batch I realized what I had done and corrected my mistake, but it sucked making that mistake while cooking for my Mom who was my inspiration for learning how to cook. I was asked one time how I became such a good cook and I responded that I learned from my Mother, Mom looked at me and said "I was never this good in the kitchen so I know you did not learn this from me" and I replied " Mom, you may not have taught me how to cook everything, but you taught me how to cook a full meal with nearly empty cupboards and that is more than any cook book could ever teach me".