My girlfriend does not cook (very much), so it falls upon me whenever we feel like eating a good meal. I am 31 years old, and being from Minnesota, the majority of my dishes are casseroles or "hotdishes". I like to eat, so I tend to overdo it when I cook. I thoroughly enjoy cooking meals that require a lot of preparation and observation, but I also like throwing stuff in the over and walking away too. I would say that my skills are slightly above-average for a 31 year old guy, and there are a lot of things I still want to learn.
My favorite things to cook
I tend to use a lot of chicken and ground beef, but I'd like to start branching out and trying some alternatives. I tend to cook more in the winter since I'm stuck inside so much, so my meals tend to be hearty and filling. I like leftovers, so even though there are just two of us, I tend to cook like there are several people.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Forgetting to add ingredients and acting as if it were intentional.
My cooking triumphs
Sharing a recipe for chicken enchiladas that I made with my girlfriend's mom, a homemaker who has been cooking meals for her family for almost 35 years.
My cooking tragedies
I'm pretty lucky that I've never burned anything, served something undercooked, or caused a fire. There was one time not long after I had moved away from my parents' house that a colleague told me about a recipe for One Pot Spaghetti. I went home, excited to try it out. I browned the ground beef and added the sauce, and when it came time to add the noodles, I was presented with a challenge. I knew I needed to cook the noodles, but I wouldn't be draining the water. Instead of realizing that the sauce would help cook the noodles, I added WAY too much water. To say that the sauce was a little runny would be an understatement. I have not attempted this recipe since.