Having been afraid of cooking and, most especially, the grill, allrecipes.com has helped be overcome that fear. I now cook new things all of the time and love coming up with more. My neighbors now gather at my house most weekends to see what I will come up with next.
My favorite things to cook
Smoked meats, seafood, appetizers and dips, casseroles
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom always makes the best cheesecake and pumpkin pie. My grandmother made the best fudge I have ever had. I wish I had gotten her recipe before she passed.
My cooking triumphs
Tender smoked ribs with dipping sauce and mashed potato casserole.
My cooking tragedies
I usually get my recipes from this site, so I've missed most tragedies. However, I did forget to add wine during my first attempt at crab bisque and it just wasn't the same. I also caught my grill on fire once while grilling smoked sausages.