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My favorite things to cook
Soups, stews, appetizers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We tend to be ingredient snobs. My dad grew his own asparagus and wouldn't send us out to cut them until the water was boiling. He refused to eat a tomato that wasn't homegrown, and won't buy corn that wasn't picked that day.
My cooking triumphs
I love to develop my own recipes by looking at several recipes and deciding which elements and techniques to incorporate into a sort of 'best of all possible' versions that is my own. I have had some great successes and some great failures, but it's always been more fun than simply following a recipe exactly.
My cooking tragedies
As a newlywed I once cooked a pot of beans for 12 hours and they never softened. I finally served my new in-laws grilled cheese sandwiches at 9:30 at night.