68 years old, retired from J&J OCD after 33 years. Viet-Nam era vet, 82nd ABN and 7th SF Gp. Married 38 years (this time). I retired but my wife continues to work for a couple more years. So now I do the cooking, house cleaning, laundry, bill paying and grandkid watching since my wife works evenings and my daughter's a nurse working swing shifts. My biggest revelation in this role reversal scenario is that: most of us guys don't have a realistic concept of what all it takes to 'run a house'. It really is a full time job! I do it because I love my wife and want to make her time at home relaxing and enjoyable. And NO, I am not ready for a roll in the hay when she gets home either. With understanding comes wisdom!
My favorite things to cook
Ground Beef, Rib Eye, Strip Steak, Pork Roast and chops, Fish (broiled or grilled.
And of course fresh vegetables!
My favorite family cooking traditions
1. Comfort foods due to their satisfying nature and not too difficult preparation.
2. Almost anything spicy to begin with. I usually add additional spices to 'heat it up' as I go.
My cooking triumphs
This won't take long... as the list is pretty short at this time!
Made a few dishes from All Recipes in which I incorporated various review 'tips and tricks'. I typically read a bunch of the reviews on whatever dish I'm thinking about making and jot down the ones that sound appetizing and then cull them again before I settle on a 'final version' maybe...
My cooking tragedies
1000 characters is not enough!
I have a tendency to overcook by adding to the recommended time 'just to be safe'. I've been 'too safe' more times than I'd like to share:)
I was adding crushed red pepper and the top came off the bottle. I thought I'd retrieved 'most' of the heap of flakes...WRONG! Ended up throwing it out the back door and set the yard on fire (almost).
And the usual misreading the instructions i.e., tsp vs tbsp, cup vs can, etc. My first batch of peanut butter fudge wasn't too bad and I drank almost all of it myself as it never did set up. Made a tuna casserole that you could pick up the whole dish with a single fork it was so dry, soaking it in water didn't help at all. The cat and I shared that feast. I've had more 'didn't quite make it's' then successes but I'm learning...painfully, but I'm learning. The reviews are invaluable!