My wife and I have two wonderful daughters. We are very involved in their activities: gymnastics, basketball, soccer, and piano. We love God and are active in our local church. I have loved cooking, especially baking, since I was about 10 years old. I credit my dad with instilling the love of cooking in me. He was definitely the cook in our family when I was growing up. He's still the best cook I know. It's a good thing he taught me to cook since my wife hates it. I retired from teaching in the spring of 2010, and I love staying home to be a full-time "Mr. Mom".
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking anything. I especially enjoy cooking large meals with meat and vegetables. I also enjoy doing soups and stews in the winter. But, my first loves in the kitchen are sweets and desserts. I really enjoy cooking for people who appreciate the time and effort it took to create a meal for them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My first "cooking" tradition memory is that my dad always made eggnog on Christmas Eve for us to drink before we opened our gifts. I know that's not "cooking", but I couldn't wait to get that eggnog on Christmas Eve. There were times that I actually wanted to help him make it more than I wanted to open my gifts. Those are memories I'll always cherish. Another memory I have is that my parents always fixed pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions in a pressure cooker for lunch after church every single Sunday. If it was Sunday, you could be sure we'd be eating pot roast at about 1:30.
My cooking tragedies
There have been many. It's just part of the fun. I try hard to turn the cooking tragedies into cooking triumphs the second go around with a recipe.