My favorite things to cook
I like challenges. I like to cook what it is that the people I'm cooking for like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Come from a large family. Mom taught us to like anything that was a vehicle for dairy products like heavy cream, butter, etc.
My cooking triumphs
I like taking old family recipes and updating them to current ingredients.
Some of the old recipes call for things like lard and suet, for example, and I like to update them to make them healthy. Almost always, they taste incredibly better.
My cooking tragedies
My failures only happen when I don't read the recipe or prepare properly. If you know how food chemistry works and you have good, working equipment, you shouldn't have a problem with a recipe if you follow instructions well.