I love cooking; I read cookbooks like other people read novels. I don't consider myself especially creative, but I know how to read and write a recipe, and I understand basic substitutions. I would consider myself an 'expert' cook, insofar as I have mastered most cooking techniques, though I must admit that I have never been able to poach an egg to my satisfaction.
My favorite things to cook
Meat! Chicken, pork, beef, fish, pronghorn, caribou, venison, bison, bear. I love it all. I'm not huge on sweets, so I don't do too many cake/cookie/dessert recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Totally self-taught. I grew up on a steady diet of boxed Mac and cheese and hot dogs. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I decided to change the game. I bought a clay pot and I've been unstoppable ever since.
My cooking triumphs
People come for miles for my pot-roasted meat. (Hint: pressure cooker!). I'm also a champ with chicken dishes and any kind of tenderloin around.
My cooking tragedies
Why can't I poach a flippin egg? Why?? And why can't I make decent hash browns? I have tried and tried, and these two dishes will, apparently, forever elude me.