I learned that food could actually taste good when I first met my stepmother at about 12 years old. She was old school. Her mother cam across on the wagon trains and she knew all about canning, preserving, game, the woman could make ANYTHING taste good and she ran the gamut from candy to baking to haute quisine. To this day, she is my cooking inspiration. My real mother, God bless her, couldn't boil water
My favorite things to cook
Give me the BIG meals! Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, anything where I can pull out all the stops. Also, give me about two weeks to work on it and enough money to pay for it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Been doing the family Thanksgiving for over 20 years. Recently, one of the wifes of one of the grandkids decided to take over so I handed her the baster. Hey, us old farts can't do this forever, sooner or later the kids need to learn so the following weekend we have "Thanks alot" at my house. I mean really, Turkey is so cheap you simply must have it again, and the kids continue to learn the results they should strive for. I really make a kick Turkey!
My cooking triumphs
Christmas Goose in a Port Sauce. It was to die for.
Also, last Thanksgiving. It was our last Thanksgiving in California so the family decided we should do it because, what the heck, we didn't have enough stress on our hands what with moving and all but I had the money and the time to do it right and the whole family thinks it was the best Thanksgiving ever.
My cooking tragedies
I recently made a South Western Cornish Game Hen in a red Chilie sauce for 12 on a brand new BBQ. The recipie is over the top good but I didn't understand how to control the temp on the new BBQ so half of them came out undercooked and the other half came out overcooked. Should just baked them. Oh well.