I cook to relax and for enjoyment. I enjoy seeing the look on peoples faces when they eat honestly good food, and insist on cooking on my own birthday. It astounds my parents, who knew me when I lived at home on a bland, stale diet. They still get most of their meals from Hamburger Helper or Rice a Roni...
My favorite things to cook
I love to grill. I have a large char-griller super pro grill with smoker attachment, that I use with lump charcoal in a chimney starter. On weekends we have friends over for games and enjoy doing various meals on the grill.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sadly, there are not many of those in my family...most of the meals when I grew up were fairly basic. I've been developing my own styles and learning since I've moved out on my own.
My cooking triumphs
Being called by my mother to make a roast, as my father was going to add water, a packet of store brand "roast seasoning" and a stack of potatoes. I brought vermouth, broth, consomme, carrots, celery, red potatoes, minced garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, white pepper, the pepper mill...
My cooking tragedies
Growing up without realizing what I was missing out on.