My name is Jim. I enjoy cooking most anything, although I have recently gotten into baking. I bake cookies, pies, breads, and cakes. I am the primary cook in my family, and I don't see any battle for that any time soon. I also enjoy experimenting in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I particularly enjoy breads. They are a simple array of ingredients, but they have such a wide variety of flavor and crumb. I also enjoy meats (beef and lamb especially). I will bake, broil, fry, or grill. Doesn't really matter. The more complex the recipe, the more I enjoy preparing it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A favorite family cooking tradition is on a cold winter night, my mother would make a crock of soup and fresh bread. It was always a laid-back meal, but everyone enjoyed it. There were gales of laughter and story-telling while we warmed our bones.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest cooking triumphs include the first time I made chicken marsala and I didn't destroy the mushrooms.
The other cooking triumph was the first time I finally figured out why I could never get a loaf of bread to rise (you could build a house with my loaves.
My cooking tragedies
My greatest cooking tragedy happens to include baking a loaf of bread. I recently was experimenting using diastatic barley malt to make bread (instead of using sugar). I worked beautifully at converting the starch to sugar. Unfortunately, I failed to realise that it would result in a) a very sticky boule and b) would result in very over-active yeast. Needless to say, I had to chip the loaf out of the pan after the loaf collapsed around the entire bread pan after an excessive rise. The excessively sticky dough further complicated the matter.