In a previous life with a previous wife I cooked occasionally, mainly Bar-B-Q. But my new bride is one heck of a cook and kept encouraging me to try my hand in the kitchen. Now we split the cooking 1/2 and 1/2. She tells me that I'm an amazingly quick learner and that I have a an innate ability to know when to change a recipe to add that extra oomph to a dish. Pretty high praise from a woman who could easily open a restaurant and make it a success from the get go.
My favorite things to cook
I still love to Bar-B-Q with coals NOT GAS.
I make a real mean Orange Chicken, Monte Cristo, Parmesan Catfish, and a killer Italian Pot Roast.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My wife and I try to do the un-traditional dishes on the traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We might do a seafood dish or roast a prime rib. This past Christmas we did do a traditional roast turkey but we jazzed it up a little by using some techniques we had read on how to make a roast turkey with perfectly browned and crisp skin and juicy breast. Turned out pretty good.
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumphs usually come when I try something new. I will follow the recipe to the letter the first time and then my wife and I will critique it. This is where I triumph because between the two of us we seem to know how to get that extra little bit of WOW taste out of the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
My biggest tragedy was the very first meal I cooked for my new bride. My ex had a recipe she would make on occasion that called for Kielbasa cooked in rice with some vegetable like peas if I remember correctly. My first mistake was not listening when my bride said she hated Kielbasa. Oi vey! Live and learn. Then for some reason I didn't get the rice completely cooked, in fact you could say, and she did, that it wasn't cooked at all. Needless to say the first bite was awful and I can happily say I have never cooked it since!