I grew up in the mountains of North Georgia and Tennessee. I come from a family of many great Southern cooks. My Pa-Paw (that's grandpa for y'all Yankee readers) being one of my chief inspirations. No matter what interest I had growing up, he always supported me, even if it meant walking for miles to watch and support my Civil War reenacting. I love American history, particularly The War For Southern Independence. And I've been a reenactor for many years. That hobby has helped me grow over the years, though I can't help but laugh at outdoors men who use tents when they go camping. I don't care for cooking as much while at one of these events since supplies are scarce. But It did first spark my interest in cooking as I was curious about how Confederate soldiers prepared their meals. I also quickly learned to pity them because the camp food leaves much to be desired.
My favorite things to cook
Southern Cuisine is my favorite to cook, especially Creole and Cajun. The food down here in the South is like no other in the world. I cant get enough!
My favorite family cooking traditions
These were once family gatherings and great big fish fries. Fish fry being the event and not related to fish sticks. And probably cooking Turkey and dressing for the holidays, especially since I've discovered the wonderment of deep fried turkey.
My cooking triumphs
I once made a corned beef hash dish from scratch. I thought it a good idea to put a splash of Louisiana hot sauce in it to give it a little kick. Well if you've used LA brand hot sauce, you may know that the bottle is identical to their buffalo sauce. Needless to say, I grabbed the wrong damned bottle. I didn't realize this until I'd splashed two thick globs into it. I became frantic, as I was making this for folks at work, and began throwing in all the seasonings I could think of. It took hours of constant work, but not only did I save it, it turned out to be oneof the finest meals I'd ever made.
My cooking tragedies
This is actually the same as the triumph. The tragedy being that, in my haste, I took no notes as to what I was adding into the dish. And to this day I have never been able to reproduce it.