My favorite things to cook
Chili, Curry, Sourdough bread. Probably lots of other things I'm forgetting too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother's Christmas bread, and my father's clam-spaghetti!!
My cooking triumphs
Back in the 1980s, a group of white water rafters were visiting from the Soviet Union. Our outdoor company had a picnic with them, which we all made something to bring. Despite my mother suggesting they would want to try american food, I made piroshki. Took me all night as I made the dough with chilled butter!
They were the hit of the picnic, and I was told they were just as good, if not BETTER, than most restaurants in Moscow!!
My cooking tragedies
Several years ago I made a Passover Roast. The roast marinated over night, and then did a slow cook in the over for several hours. As I had a hockey game to go to that night I put it out on the cutting board to cool before putting it in the refrigerator, then dashed upstairs to get my hockey jersey and the tickets.
When I came downstairs the roast I didn't see the board, which confused me. Hadn't I just taken it out of the oven less than two minutes later?
I went to check the oven and then noticed Glacier, our 15-yr-old Golden Retriever mix,under the kitchen table munching along intently. In less than two minutes she had grabbed the roast off the cutting board and consumed 3/4 of a 5lb. brisket!! She gave me this incredible look when I tossed the rest of the roast away.
She did pay for it later as she had waaay too much protein and was throwing up all night.
I've made the recipe since and it was great so the tragedy was not in the cooking, but in the dog stealing it!!