Taught myself to cook while in high school. Both parents worked and it was my responsibility to decided the menu, shop for the groceries and prepare the meal. My mom left money on the kitchen windowsill everyday, I walked to/from the store and cooked the meal. I thought it was utter child abuse at the time because all my friends were off doing fun things. Now I appreciate what I learned from this experience.
My favorite things to cook
Indian (curry) dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
To this day, all us kids (now in our 50's & 60's) tease mom about her burning of the Bake & Serve style rolls. We call them "Burn & Serves".
My cooking triumphs
Any evening I get a dinner on the table is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I had 3 butterflied & marinated Cornish Game Hens all prepared and ready to go in the oven for guests. I went upstairs to freshen up before they arrived. When I returned to the kitchen, my dog had pulled 2 of them off the counter and devoured them. We went to a restaurant that night.