I'm a married 24 year old, living in the mountains of North Carolina. I do 90% of the cooking in my home(and neighborhood lately :) ). I have been in the food industry since I was 14, and have been professionally cooking for the last 6 years, ranging from chain resturants (Like Ruby Tuesdays and TGI Fridays) to Gourmet Establishments (Such as private hotels, and seasonal resturants). Cooking is close to a passion for me, and I take failure at it very hard.
My favorite things to cook
Of all the dishes I've cooking in my life, my favorite remains to the day, the simple grilled cheese sandwhich, cheaply cooked in a sandwhich maker. :) Add a cup of tomatoe soup and you've got a good healthy lunch, or snack, or brunch, or suprunch...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Unfortunatly most of the family traditions have died out in the years. I was born at the start of the decline, and by the time I reached maturity, family meals and get to gethers were rare. Thanksgiving and Christmas remain the only traditions kept alive, were we cook for the neighborhood and celebrate the cold with pot liqour
My cooking triumphs
The greatest meal I have ever cooked, was a rush job to surpirse my wife, coming home from the first day of her new job after we were married. It was a London Broil roast with trimings, that I have not been able to repeat the recipie. It also prompted me to start scribbling recipies down incase I like them and they turn out exceptional.
My cooking tragedies
The worst meal I ever cooked was a simple vegetable dish I had planned on feeding to some friends. I came out looking like a winner, but tasted like burnt charcoal with rubber seasoning. I ended up scraping it before they came over, and made a McDonalds(tm) run.