World Traveling (over 42 Countries . . . and counting!) U.S. Army Officer.
The 1st thing I do in a new country is head for the market and then find a SMALL, CROWDED restaurant - I want "Mom's" Cooking . . . we can do the pretentious, "5-Star, "Cork Sniffing" stuff later. (This approach has proved to be "interesting" on a few occasions!)
My favorite things to cook
Beef Tenderloin (RARE!); Pork Ribs (Baby Back, Country, . . . anything PIG!); Beef Brisket; Leg of Lamb & Chops; Steamed Mussels, Shrimp, & MAINE Lobster . . .
My favorite family cooking traditions
Shrimp & Grits; Goetta (http://www.goetta.com); Scrambled Eggs; Country Ham; Smoked Turkey; Corn Pudding; Carrot Puff; Clam Chowder; Yorkshire Pudding; Peanut Soup; Smoked Brisket, Pork Butt, Baby Back Ribs . . . and any other cut of Cow, Pig or Lamb.
My cooking triumphs
Sauerbraten; Rouladen; Red Cabbage; Knodel; Roast Leg of Lamb; Lamb Chops; Beef Tenderloin; Yorkshire Pudding; Prime Rib; Smoked/BBQ: Beef Brisket, Pork Butt, Baby Back Ribs, Turkey.
My cooking tragedies
Tragedy . . ?!?
Merely an Alternate Ending!
Maybe, the time I used too much garlic . . . na-a-a-a! You can't use "too much garlic"! Impossible!!!