I work from home as the managing editor/design editor for a city magazine (www.qcmag.com). Since I'm home all day, my wife thinks I should have the meals planned out and ready to go. I'm working!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy using recipes, but I also love to create. I enjoy the feeling knowing I made a tasty dish using what I had on hand and not looking at a piece of paper for each step.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I will always remember the smells of walking into my grandmothers house. My grandfather, who died before I was born, was a butcher, so meat was always a big deal in that house. Despite all of our best efforts, we have never been able to duplicate her pot roast. To this day, I still seek out the wisdom of a good butcher ... a teen in the meat dept. of a mega chain just doesn't cut it.
My cooking triumphs
I have a recipe I'm working on for Jalapeno Peanut Butter Cookies with Chipotle Mocha Frosting. I also have a recipe I call Godzilla Sushi ... little slices of jalapeno filled with a cream cheese and crab meat mixture.
My cooking tragedies
Way too many to count. You have to mess up many times to claim a few victories.