I love reading 2 things; Nautical Charts and recipe books. I am not much of a baker yet but I cook over the BBQ and stove. I have not taken lessons and my experience is just what my curiosity has taught me. I am the main cook in the house and I love using fresh spices, lots of spices.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite dish is Chili crab. It took me over a year to find and modify recipes to my liking, just like the chili crab I ate in Singapore. I love stews, pastas, and all kinds of meats. I'll try any veggies too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
3 cheese sausage basil lasagna has become a family favorite. I'm not even a huge fan of Italian food but it sure does taste good. I love spicy food like Cajun, Thai, Indian, and the like. If the heat is a by-product of the spice...it has to be good.
My cooking triumphs
My last triumph was a pasta dish from this site. It was with spicy Italian sausage, diced tomatoes and basil. It was restaurant quality. My next meal is my next triumph, I hope.
My cooking tragedies
I feel using ketchup in any recipe gives it a, well, ketchup taste. Same with chili powder. I am not a fan of chili powder and avoid it at all cost. I have ruined great hunks of meat with just a little bit of ketchup and/or chili powder.