I'm a firefighter/paramedic. I'm the cook at home, (wife can't/won't?) and love to cook for the guys at work. When you have between 4-8 hungry guys waiting for a meal, you just can't mess up! I have some formal culinary training from the local community college but did not complete the program. Basically I took all the hands on cooking classes, and decided to skip all the "book" stuff.
My favorite things to cook
Meats, meats and meat
My favorite family cooking traditions
not much, a few of moms recipes have been passed down, but not much else.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking a successful holiday meal for the entire shift of firefighters, all the while taking emergency calls and still pulling it off.
My cooking tragedies
I feel a tragedy is when you have guests push away hungry. I try to never let that happen.