I have been cooking since I was six years old (for over 45 years). For the past 15 years I been been a team organizer for a competitive barbecue team (Shawhan Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ). We compete every year in the world's largest barbecue contest, the American Royal. This year our team won 4th place in the potatoes category with a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family comes from Ireland and every year around Christmas we all bake meat pies. These are small tart sized pies that contain a combination of lamb and pork baked inside a pastry crust. The baked pies are then boiled in broth until they are soft then they are served in a bowl with pepper. It has been a tradition to serve these pies to friends and relatives for over a 100 years.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked my very first meal when I was 7 years old. It was a rump roast with potatoes and carrots. My mother coached me, but I did all the work. After that, I was hooked.