I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America way back in 1980. I had spent a total of 10 years in foodservice and loved it. I left that industry many years ago and am now a manager for a major optical chain. I collect cookbooks, love working with wood, and spending time with my daughter which does not leave me as much time as I like for cooking. I love logging on and seeing the latest recipes and ideas. Now if I could cook them as fast as I collect them.
My favorite things to cook
I really don't have any particular favorites. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen using any new recipe.
My cooking triumphs
I needed to make a batch of traditional souffle's for a dinner party I was having and of course it had to be 95°F out and 99% humidity. Amazingly, all twelve came out beautiful and made it to the table looking picture perfect.
My cooking tragedies
No real tragedies, but over the years there have been many "What was I thinking" moments. I have discovered on more than one occasion that while the flavor may taste good in your mind, the idea looks good on paper, the execution and resulting product are another matter entirely.