My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially cake. It's like alchemy. I also like to experiment with healthy recipes that omit the fat and aren't sickly sweet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was a product of 1950's cooking...velveeta, lawry's powdered spaghetti sauce mix, canned vegetables. So I've completely rebelled against that and cook from scratch using as many fresh ingredients as possible.
My cooking triumphs
When I was single I used to impress my dates by cooking up a chicken marsala meal. It's really tasty and impressive-looking. One woman I won over with the dish became my wife.
My cooking tragedies
My wife remembered my delicious chicken marsala and insisted that I make it for a dinner party. It's sauteed, so I had to make several batches and then keep them in the oven. Unfortunately, my oven did not have a "warm" setting, only a "low" setting which I assumed was the same. I ended up with charcoal briquets. That's where I learned to ALWAYS have a "Plan B."