I am a semi-retired engineer/high school math teacher. I love to cook the recipes that grew up with. At my age, I have to carefully watch ingredients, because many of them add to problems, e.g., high cholesterol and excess sodium. Chicken fat is one of my worst problems. I didn't discover the problem until I was cooking for friends on my own and was making brisket from my mother's recipe. Lacking chicken fat, I used olive oil. To my amazement, I did not get the case of indigestion that came within an hour of enjoying one of my favorite meals.
My favorite things to cook
Anything barbecued. I also smoke various meats and poultry in my electric smoker. I also like varying recipes to explore new flavors. I enjoy stir-frying. We love lamb, but have to limit it to once a month.
I am not much of a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday meals. Turkey for Thanksgiving, lamb in the spring. Salmon and peas on July 4th.
My cooking triumphs
I make the mock chopped liver recipe from the Allrecipes.com web site. The result is outstanding. I bought a "Turbo Roaster" on a whim. I have roasted outstanding turkeys and chickens with the gadget.
My cooking tragedies
I am forever burning recipes that I try to bake, including cookies and cakes. It is a house joke that I bake like one of my late great-aunts, whose baked goods were always "half-raw and half-burnt."