Previous restaurant owner, have been cooking for over fifty years, but haven't learned nearly as much as I would like to have. Cooking is part art, part science -- and I'm still working on both skill sets. I don't have as much time as I would like to have for cooking, so, with most recipes, I try to find the simplest way to make them well, to accommodate my still-hectic schedule.
My favorite things to cook
Pizza, homemade Italian sausage (for the pizza, of course!), bread, roasts, stir-fry, soups...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandfather Tony made the world's best pizza, in the estimation of every single person I know of who ever had the good fortune to taste it. I can still remember the magical aromas of his pizza-making for family get-togethers.
My cooking triumphs
Unfortunately, my grandfather's recipe passed away with him years ago. But, after years of trying to duplicate the tastes and scents of his dough, sauce, and sausage, I am thrilled to say I am close.
My cooking tragedies
I've been fortunate enough not to have had any. A few missteps (learning opportunities), but nothing that rose to the level of "tragedy."