I started cooking for my grandfather after he had a triple bypass when I was 13. He was on a special diet and wasn't the best cook in the world, so i decided to give it a try and found that I was pretty good! Fast forward 15 years, and now I'm the go-to guy when it comes to dinners, get-togethers, and birthday parties.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken Parisian (I have a personal recipe I've been fiddling with for a few years, but its my most requested family dinner), fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, Oven Roasted Asparagus, Salmon, ANY kind of cake, Homemade ice cream (there's nothing like it!), Carne Guisada(only discovered this since I moved to Texas), Gamja Jorim (a Korean potato dish - absolutely delicious), Spaghetti Bolognese, and Beef Burgandy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's Pumpkin Dream Pie...mmmmm....can't wait for Thanksgiving!
My cooking triumphs
FINALLY mastering pie crust....learning how to cook a tender and juicy chicken breast (thank you Julia Child)...mastering the Bavarian cream from Julia Child's 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking'...
My cooking tragedies
Alton Brown's Coconut Cake. I went to the trouble of making my own coconut milk, cream, and extract with vodka (the extract took 2 weeks!) because I was making the cake for Mother's Day. Well, the cake was dry and flavorless, and the 7 minute icing that goes with it, completely absorbed into the cake.