I collect cookbooks. I have +30. I am American living in Hawaii. I retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005. I enjoy cooking and now eat proper, healthy, homemade meals. Nothing artificial.
My favorite things to cook
I have had my hands in cooking, though only BBQ, Chili, and baked beans. I enjoy making things with my own "twist". I made "lamb chops with balsamic reduction" last night and used a rue to thicken the reduction a little. It came out great. My own twist. I never follow instructions. I consider them "suggestions"... not law.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up on Frozen Dinners. I hate them. I was a chemically, genetically altered food baby. Now, I dine on only organic (when available) and purely made meals with little to no artificial ingredients.
My cooking triumphs
I made a stupendous French beef dish with wine that nearly set the home on fire! It came out perfect. I am a master at egg dishes and chili. I am really adept at the BBQ for meats of all kinds.
My cooking tragedies
I have tried gravy, though the rue was too thick, too lumpy, too pasty and salty tasting... it's a challenge to make a good rue and gravy.