my table seats 8 comfortably but we always seem to need stacking stools added around it. I am a married to my best friend. We have 2 sons, ages 15 and 18 and 2 daughters 20 and 22. Also have 2 beautiful grandsons. I live on 40 acres and in the right season you will find 200-400 chickens and 20-50 turkeys in the back yard. I love my garden that seems to get tilled just a foot larger each year. Fall in our house has me running around like a squirrel trying to can/freeze/dehydrate anything that resembles possible food for winter. Spare time is for quadding/ski dooing, hunting/fishing/camping.
My favorite things to cook
traditional real food that people forgot how to make. The stores are filled with packaged food, it has it's place and used in moderation is fine. If I can find a recipe to make it from scratch I will always try it once.
My favorite family cooking traditions
can't call myself a professional cook even though I have cooked for so many. I always learn new tips, ideas and recipes. I may want a raise if I was a journeyman cook. I don't think Redneck Grampa in my life could afford that....update 2013, I think I qualify as a red seal journeyman cook. I am giving myself a raise and using the extra money to take my guys on vacation-win/win for us all.
My cooking triumphs
my table filled with food from my garden, canning from the cold room, fresh baked bread, and meat from my back yard-wild or domestic. When salt/pepper & butter (I don't have a milk cow or life could be perfect) are the only bought staples on the table-life is goooooodddd
My cooking tragedies
don't have any because anything that doesn't turn out I blame on a new recipe. I tell my family I had to try it before I could improve it, lol and it has worked fine for many years.