36 years in the Canadian Military, currently retired. Sailed the Caribbean and Biscayne Bay with my Darling on our sailboat "Slow Dancin III" and spent ten years as caretakers of a private island just off the coast of Florida. Have returned to Canada for our retirement and to be close to our grandkids.
My favorite things to cook
Smoked ribs, smokled turkey...smoked anything. Pulled pork, grilled New York Strip steaks, as long as they are two inches thick, Best Baked Beans on the Planet and the World's best Tomato Sauce. I Like the slow cooker and make some excellent stews with it. I guess I'm more of a meat and potato guy although have made some very good gourmet meals from time to time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Turkey at Thanksgiving, Prime Rib with onion pie at Christmas and ham at New Years and Easter. Tomato Pie for the occasional Sunday Brunch and of course, every Brunch starts with a Morning Glory" (Canadian Rye whiskey and orange juice.)
My cooking triumphs
We had an Islnd party and for it I BBQ'd 34 pounds of brisket and cooked seven beer-can chicken. I also cooked fifteen pounds of Best Baked Beans on the planet. Some party!!! I once tried my hanad at a Double Chocolate Cheese Cake which was outstanding and a big hit with our guests.
My cooking tragedies
Once, as a beginner, My son and I had to prepare family dinner as my wife was away. We decided on Spaghetti with bread pudding as desert. The spaghetti was over cooked and the only way to get it out of the pot was to turn the pot upside down and cut the spaghetti off as it dangled, with scissors. The Bread pudding was no better, it turned out as raisin and goop soup. My boys were not impressed nor amused...we went to Havey's for hamburgs.