Liked cooking for a long time, partly because I did not have burden of making something for family every nite like my wife did. Evolved to cooking almost all the time for my wife and me as I would get home first. Now recovering from a stroke, with only use of one hand, so back to occasional cooking of easy stuff I enjoy, especially steelhead trout and asparagus
My favorite things to cook
skinless boneless chicken, hot peppers, steak, asparagus, salmon or steelhead trout, rice
used to love homemade vegetarian chili, and homemade chili verde (pork + tomitillas), in crock pots. Diet restricts me from both now due to high salt, high fat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
cast iron pan almost 100% of time. Cast iron dutch oven for larger volumes. Used on top of electric range, would prefer gas but don't have gas range. Used to BBQ/Grill a lot on briquets, too much trouble one-handed, have found I can get almost same results in my well used cast iron pan.
My cooking triumphs
4 minute asparagus, full heat in covered cast iron pan. 1st 2 min a little olive oil and asparagus spears to sear them, last 2 minutes add 1 cup of water that quickly boils off to soften and finish cooking...served with grated romano or parmesian cheese. perfectly the same EVERY time.
My cooking tragedies
bbq ribs that got out of hand and went afire on the grill...doused with spray of water, ended up best ribs I ever made, and not duplicated since even with many attempts