I was brought up cooking Italian. I enjoy putting foods together. I do my own spice mixes, marinades, and sauces. I use wines and other alcoholic products to marinade or flavor things.
My favorite things to cook
Seafood, pasta, vegetables, pork, sausages, lamb, chicken, cassoulets (sp.).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was a great cook. Herbs and spices were her legacy. She could "clean out the refrigerator" and you'd think you were in a gourmet restaurant.
My cooking triumphs
Not getting obese.
My cooking tragedies
Burned the hell out of one of my good pans one day.... The computer did it!