I'm in my early 40's & I've been cooking now for over 40 years. I learned at a very early age when my mother went to work. I believe that the best thing you can teach your children is how to cook. Don't be afraid to get them in the kitchen with you, no matter how messy it is. Start off baking cookies or something simple like that, then teach them to smell the herbs and spices and tell them to think of the foods they would go best in. As they eat their meals, ask them if they can name the herbs and spices that went into it. Before long, you'll have someone who enjoys cooking!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are ribs that are slow smoked over a low fire for about 7 hours! I make my own rib rub and barbecue sauce, as well as the traditional side dishes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite tradition is baking christmas cookies with my kids. Of course they're not kids anymore, but I still enjoy it!
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph is concocting a baked bean recipe similar to one my family used in the '70s, but for one reason or another, lost. Even my brother swears it tastes the same!
My cooking tragedies
My biggest mistake came one year at Thanksgiving. I was making pumpkin pies for my then girlfriend (now wife). I couldn't find the recipe, so I called my mom & she gave it to me. For one reason or another, I forgot to write down sugar, & cooked the pies without it. They smelled great, but when it came time to eat, they were pretty nasty! My mom laughed, she thought it was funny.