Eastern Illinois farm boy who's been transplanted to Iowa. Oldest of six, I learned to cook in self defense as Mom worked nights and Dad would cook if she was asleep or at work. Love to cook, and do a lot of the cooking at home.
My favorite things to cook
Chinese/Asian, especially stir fry. BBQ/Smoker beef/pork/chicken. Italian, especially pasta dishes, pasta putanesca(has too many things my wife doesn't like in it though), Sausage and Peppers - Yum! Southwest/Tex-Mex. CHILI!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Be adventuresome! Grew up in a midwest farm family, who were always willing to try something new.
My cooking triumphs
Chinese New Year feast for family last year. Have made a lot of progress in Asian cooking, hope to learn a lot more.
My cooking tragedies
No big tragedies, a nimber of small disappointments - sometimes I experiment a little too much!