I started cooking trying to re-create the things that my mother and my aunt (two great Southern cooks) made when I was growing up. I keep branching out to try other cuisines, Mexican and Italian, that I have learned to love as an adult. It makes me mad to buy pre-made, manufactured foods that I know I can make better tasting and cheaper!
My favorite things to cook
Comfort foods - hearty soups, round steak with gravy, roast chicken, grilled steaks, pasta dishes, caseroles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's). As a kid, my Big Birthday Dinner was always Round Steak, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and German Chocolate Cake. All for me!
My cooking triumphs
The Perfect Beef Barley Soup and Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp (my ex-wife always broke the sauce...) and learning to recognize how things are going to turn out, more or less, before I cook them.
My cooking tragedies
Once ruined a beautiful Seven-Blade Roast.