Grew up helping in the kitchen and I worked in 3 small restaurants as a cook before I started college. As the heat and demand of a professional kitchen is a little too much for me, I now do it as a hobby.
My favorite things to cook
Brisket. Hands down, brisket.
I like cooking all kinds of stuff, but I love grilling and smoking stuff. I've baked, seared, grilled, smoked, frozen, saute'ed, browned, brined, brazed, stuffed, sliced, diced, and just about everything else, but I think I enjoy the smells from the grill and the constant babysitting it requires.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chicken Spaghetti, fresh baked rolls, pancakes, cinnamon tarts, candied treats, vegetable heaven, green chili enchiladas, and the list just keeps growing.
My cooking triumphs
Smoked brisket. An incredible amount of time and effort devoted to a masterpiece - the smoking requires about 6 hours, the baking an additional 4, 2-3 hours for cooling, wrap it up and refrigerate, then slice up the next day and transfer to a crockpot for warming and eating, or freeze it. A definite 24 hour production for a few minutes of delightful eating.....worth every minute!
My cooking tragedies
Crepes round one, two , and three. Never give up.
Mixer caught on fire once - but I saved the salsa!
Burned a steak when I fell asleep in a chair next to the grill on a nice summer day. It was a beautiful day, had a beer in my hand, steaks on the grill.....zzzzzz. Sniff, sniff...uh oh. Who wants chicken?