Now that my wife and I are retired, we are able to do many of the things we have wanted to do including volunteering to help others (through my free websites and through The Volunteer Center For Anne Aroundel County) and improve our large garden and fix up our home.
My favorite things to cook
Since both my wife and I are Navy brats, we have cosmopolitan tastes, having moved many, many times as youths. We are just as likely to have Golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls) as steak and potatoes, although we do tend toward cooking "normal" food most of the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father, 2nd generation Austrian, contributed to my interest in foods from that area and my mother who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, gave me the love of seafood, particularly from the Chesapeake Bay. We are now putting together a Family Heritage Cookbook from the many families involved in our lives.
My cooking triumphs
Written up in our hometown newspaper for cooking African foods including a Doro Wat and Injera bread back in the 60's was a springboard to various cusines - like Spanish Paella and German Sauerbraten. I especially like using kale from our garden for Portuguese Zuppa Toscana Kale Soup.
My cooking tragedies
The biggest disaster of my cooking career was trying to use turkey to replace ground beef in spaghetti with meat sauce. Yuck! The kids (we have 4) still won't let me forget THAT!