Mid 50's and a husband of a beautiful woman, who, despite the fact that she works so very hard in and around our home, never complains about her salary or lack thereof. Also a father of a wonderful 22 year old daughter. We transferred our home from Calgary Alberta to Houston,Texas in August 2009 and are quickly becoming "Southerners". I am an Alton Brown groupie, but don't tell anyone!
My favorite things to cook
I love real BBQ, as well as grilling. Meats are high on my list, but I also enjoy Italian style dinners that involve pasta and sauces. I am also like the kneading of homemade bread dough and the smell it generates in our house, while the fresh bread is baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anytime we have a turkey with all the trimmings, it is time for my wife to leave the kitchen. I do the bird as well as a very savoury bread and sausage stuffing. I've been doing it for over 20 years, and my immediate as well as our extended family look forward to it each and every holiday.
My cooking triumphs
As a young man, learning to bake bread from scratch. My mother was a great teacher and, at 85+ years old, is still baking a few loaves each week. Learning that, taught me that I could really cook anything I wanted and that has stuck with me to this day.
My cooking tragedies
As a member of a 6 couple, once every two months dinner club, we were hosting dinner at our place in the country. I was trying to roast a tenderloin and the wind kept blowing out the gas grill. On the fourth time of lighting it, the grill blew up in my face and one of the guests took me off to the hospital.
My darling wife, finished the beef in the oven and ten people enjoyed dinner together. My good friend and, now seconded ambulance driver and myself arrived home when all was finished and the two of us finished our dinner by ourselves while the rest of the crowd laughed at my bandages around my head.
Old too soon and smart too late.