I have found a wonderful reason to cook--he's 5' 11" and makes a mean stew so I have to try to keep up in the kitchen. Other than that, I really started experimenting while away on a yoga retreat with little access to restaurants and a goal of eating healthy.
My favorite things to cook
I love take simple wholesome dishes and add a twist with an unusual spice, tangy citrus, or something else that is unexpectedly wonderful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My uncle used to deliver ridiculously large amounts of fresh shrimp to my grandmother's house (typically at 3 or 4 AM when he came home from a shrimping trip). We would all wake up and help prepare the shrimp for storage before giving some to everyone in the family. Breakfast on those mornings was simple: shrimp dipped in melted garlic butter with some toast.
My cooking triumphs
I reinvented my dad's old guacamole recipe. I love making it fresh and it reminds me of him!
My cooking tragedies
1/4 stick butter
1 large frying pan
1 electric burner
1 Hotel room
2 televisions (both with cable TV)
1 frazzled hotel employee
Turn burner on high then channel surf for a bit and viola!