I am on the rough side, loving art, the performing arts, certain old folks, young people, music, horses and pets a lot more than anything in the kitchen. Pre-1956 Ford pickups, too. I love polo games. I love a Norristown Zep. I love San Diego.
My favorite things to cook
Pies in the Fall; Apple and Lemon. Lasagna in Winter and chicken pie. Zeps in the Spring and shrimp salad. Anything with avocado and tomato all Summer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
From Albuquerque, NM and Norristown, PA., one dish is a coarse and yummy red chile stew done overnight with warm honeyed frybread and cold Pepsis on the side. My home town favorite is bracciole, a rolled, filled steak done to death in fresh tomato sauce.
My cooking triumphs
Spaghetti sauce. Fresh lemon pie.
My cooking tragedies
Mexican green chile pork. Mexican carnitas done in the lard with orange. Mexican grilled steak with green onion and limes. Decent tortillas without aftertaste or afterbite of the flour or leavening.