I found out I was born with Hip Dypasia in my mid 40's. Ended up with 4 hip replacements in a 5 year period, not the norm, I know. There was nothing of interest on daytime TV for me until I found the Food Network Channel. That was 10 years ago and I am addicted to it now. I have always cooked but only the basic's and was rather good, but cooking has become my new hobby. I can't eat large meals, so what I eat has to be so delicious that it makes up for it. I have a very stressful job as an engineer, at a defense company, and when I cook I can totally relax and create something wonderful at the same time!
My favorite things to cook
Italian, Asian and Mexican, along with good old American staples
My favorite family cooking traditions
After I was married many many years ago,I asked my mother to write down all her favorite recipes that I loved as a child. she sent me a Recipe Box with her own hand written recipes on those 4 X 5 inch cards. That green box is close to 40 years old now, and I still use it. My grown daughter now has asked that I write down all my own recipes, but on the computer only and then email them to her.
My cooking triumphs
Watching my son-in-law eat 3 servings of most meals I create. And my husband telling me that this new recipe is a keeper. He is pretty honest with me when I cook for him. Whenever I read a recipe online I always read every comment and then adapt so many of them to my own cooking. I love reading comments.
My cooking tragedies
Cooking Tragedies? Cooking my first turkey and leaving the neck inside. When I checked it a few hours later, I thought my Tom Turkey was ....aroused! And a large steak baked in a paper bag with a ton of garlic. (I found it in a cookbook) No one could eat it.