I'm a handyman. I love working on people's houses. I guess it makes me a natural for cooking because it's all a part of the creative process. I'm going to express one of my pet peeves that I concur 100% with in other peeves reflected in various ratings. How do you alter a recipe and then give it a low rating because you didn't like the way it came out?
My favorite things to cook
Cookies and cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was state raised (I was a bad boy) in California, so, no traditions to speak of but I really did like most of the food, like grits. I used to think grits was hot cereal. It wasn't until I moved to South Central L.A. that I learned how bacon and eggs are incomplete unless mixed up with grits. One of the good things I got from the California Youth Authority is honey butter. One of the few cool things about life on the inside is the varied menu. None of my family have ever been on the inside so their palates no nothing of hush puppies or collard greens or bread pudding. That's why I like my membership to this site: it reflects recipes as varied as my tastes.
My cooking triumphs
I have had some good results baking chocolate chip cookies where I found I was out of flour so I ground up some oatmeal to the consistency of flour and wound up with a kick chocolate chip cookie.
My cooking tragedies
I've found my biggest challenge with the most tragedies is cooking candy. I can cook peanut brittle back-to-back 3 times in a row and get completely different results each time. I enjoy the challenge of cooking with extremely high temperatures (where a candy thermometer is necessary) and where so much technical scientific stuff is going on.