I'm a husband and father of 3 children. My kitchen is huge and in constant use, so I use my culinary talent constantly. My wife can cook also, but she does only occasionaly. I have the gift of my maternal grandfather(who was second generation Italian.) My skills have been honed over the years are in quite a demand from family and friends alike.
My favorite things to cook
Grilling anything. I prefer grilling over charcoal and open fire(apple is my preferred wood, but hickory and cherry work well.) I also enjoy oven roasting and deep frying.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My wife makes holiday dinners but about 5 years ago, she bought me a turkey fryer to do Thanksgiving dinner. It turned out so well that it turned into a tradition for us. We are contemplating moving our home tradition to our wooded vacation property with my wife's sister and brother-in-law and then staying to deer hunt. Soon I am going to try a deep fried ham for Christmas. If I can get it straight, I will be posting that.
My cooking triumphs
We are a large meat & potatoes family, so I can come up with almost anything. I have the ability to take anything and tweak and season it to come out to almost gourmet quality.
My cooking tragedies
One incident happened about 15 years ago still stands out and I think it was my biggest failure. I was in the middle of oven roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving with my live-in girlfriend at the time. When I went to pull it out of the oven, I had the roaster uncovered and pulled the rack out too far. The whole apparatus came out and fell to the floor. I got 2nd degree burns on the tops of my bare feet and no turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, no one was coming over, and the burns, somewhat serious, were treated at home. We ended up going to a convenience store and getting deli turkey and having turkey subs and chips.