My wife says i never like to make anything easy. I think it's more about trying to make it amazing and doing the research to produce a superior result. I do also like a challenge.
My favorite things to cook
Parisian Macarons with vibriant colours and a ton of different fillings is my latest thing. My wife again says i'm obsessed. Grinding my own almond flour may have been a little extreme.
I love Mexican food and there are no good Mexican restaurants this far north. So it's up to me to do it myself.
Now that I've had truly amazing Italian, i'm inspired to recreate it. No luck so far.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Lefse: we like the flat non-potato kind with brown-sugar, cinammon butter filling.
The Irenes Norwegian Scones: From the same Irenes who taught us to make Lefse. These soured cream based dessert scones are nothing like biscuits. Sweet and a little sour. Soooo good.
My cooking triumphs
Parisian Macaron: I've studied many many recipes and have come up with one that seems both reliable and amazing. The first round with pistachio shells and pistachio butter cream were pretty good, but the Almond roca Chocolate Ganache were killer.
Cedar smoked BBQ'd Koho salmon with a chili, garlic, rosemary apricot preserve sauce:
My brother in laws caught 20+ Koho and Pacific Salmon off the BC coast and filled my freezer.
My cooking tragedies
Croissants: I spent 3 days making a single batch from scratch, folding and rolling. I think you could have made better croissants in a bread maker. They were terrible. Never tried it again.