I started cooking back when I was in my mid 20's and really found it enjoyable to prepare food for people. It was not the hobby I bragged about with the guys...until after all the chef shows made cooking cool. Over the years I think I am improving and my family agrees. I have three kids. Two girls ages 13 and 8. Then there is our little guy seen in the photo. Both my wife and I work in the medical field. I fix equipment at a local hospital and she is an RN.
My favorite things to cook
I really get into grilling so cookout foods are at the top of my list. I tried a lot of recipes from taste of home and have a few other cook books I have received as gifts. I would like to get better at baking as I enjoy breads. Actually all my family loves bread and when you get it fresh at the store its costly. Pies, cookies and treats are fun and I enjoy the presentation of food. Photography is a hobby too so you may notice my photos out there.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is Polish..the "ski" may have given that away to some people. We have a tradition of eating foods around Christmas that represent the Saints. Yes, it sounds strange...we eat 12 different foods including beet soup and pickled herring. On my mothers side we really go all out for Easter. I always help my grandmother make the endive. This is a salty German dish with potatoes, bacon grease, bacon, onion and of course endive. That plus a lot of cider vinegar.
My cooking triumphs
Hmmmm...I would say every time my girls ask for seconds its a triumph. They are picky eaters and even getting. Them to eat is sometimes a challenge.
My cooking tragedies
I went to make dinner and found the stove top would not heat. It was electric, so I went to remove the burner for inspection. I can't remember why I touched the sink at the same time but the result was very shocking. I was tired and generally felt crappy for almost two weeks after the incident.