I grew up in the Chicago land area and was able to taste the best of all food from around the world.My grandparents were great cooks,using affordable cuts of meats.I still try to do this with my recipes.I will look up 3 or 4 recipes and pick and choose the ingredients I think would be best together. The only problem is I never write down my changes and never make the same thing twice.I'm trying to at least write changes in my cook books.
I have lived in Illinois,Arkansas,Florida,and now Georgia,even though all in the U.S.there is differant cultures and tastes.It's been interesting.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Polish,Czech,and French foods.Pork,beef,duck,goose,chicken,lamb,dumplings,mushrooms,and sauces.Different combo's make great eating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Easter,Thanksgiving and Christmas have to have home made polish sausage,horseradish,Turkey,Ham,Bread dumplings,and sauerkraut,with giblet dressing.Recently cornbread dressing is a must also.
My cooking triumphs
I make the traditional homemade keilbasa from a recipe handed down from my great-grandfather in Poland.I have lost the original recipe and now make it from memory and trying to write it down to pass it on to my sons.
However,my greatest triumph is when my workplace in Georgia has a cook-off for lunches,the guy from Chicago(me)is always asked to make the cornbread, because they say it's the best.
My cooking tragedies
I have not had any tragedies that my dog would not eat.