At 18 years old, I worked in a 4 star restaurant and learned how to make gourmet dishes almost like a line cook. As time passed and I got older, I adapted this into my everyday cooking for my family and myself. Cooking is not my main profession but it is surely one of my favorite things to do for others. There is no faster way to put a smile on another person's face than handing them something good to eat!
My favorite things to cook
I can't say my favorite things to cook, but I can say my favorite cuisines. They are: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian (Native American), Outdoor (Camping), Italian, Southern American, French Soups, American Homestyle, and a few others that I can't seem to think of right now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On my Father's side, it was Polish. My mother's side is German/Native American. So traditions in our family run very high. The big days are Thanksgiving and Christmas like most families. But ours goes bonkers on cooking on these days more than the norm.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make my own breakfast at the age of 4 years old. The first thing that I had ever cooked was Bacon and Eggs with toasted english muffins. I had seen my mother cook this for breakfast at least 1000 times for my father and me. Had she have known that I was on the stove, my bottom would have been on fire as well as the burners!
My cooking tragedies
Every time I make a dish and it is wasted is a tragedy to me. I think to waste food is a crime and an insult to the person who cooked it. I'm not talking about those who have food allergies or issues with flavors. I'm specifically talking about going through the trouble of making a favorite dish for someone and then it does not get eaten. instead, it sits in the frige and rots away. That is a tragedy to me.