swm; I'm from Cincinnati OH and currently live in Northern Kentucky. I took up cooking as a hobby to save money from eating out so much and found I had a knack for it (mostly due to my ocd admittedly). I enjoy cooking for family and friends, and to impress the ladies of course.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that I can cook in bulk (soup, casserole, etc.) as I like to save as much as possible for leftovers. Also it is great for parties since everyone sticks around for food if nothing else. My biggest hit so far is lentil bean and sausage soup which I usually do in the crock pot, but can manage on the stove top if i have a big enough pot. It keeps for days and is loaded with protein and veggies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Always fun to grill out with family around holiday, however I find just as much enjoyment throwing some meat on the grill or smoker with my friends on weekends, along with some quality brews.
My cooking triumphs
One time for a house party I decided to try making guacamole. I had never made it before but it turned out perfectly. No one believed that it was homemade until I showed them the receipt for the ingredients. A close second was when I made shrimp skewers with an assortment of veggies. I love seafood but the pearl onions on the skewer were somehow better than anything else. Sometimes you surprise yourself.
My cooking tragedies
tried to help my buddy make some chicken parmesan with tomato sauce. He told me how much sauce it called for and I calculated how many cans to use. What we didn't know was that the oz. was for weight in this receipe, not volume. We used three cans total instead of one and the chicken took forever to cook. When it was finally done we had to wait 30 minutes for it to cool down and even then it was barely edible. Lesson learned though; I tried it again the next week with much better results :)