I started cooking when I was about 13 with my parents learning from their years of experience. My Grandmothers, My Uncle, and My Mom and Dad have all influenced my tastes and my cooking in so many ways and if you know my family you can see it in my food. I worked in restaurants since the day I turned 16 until I joined the Marines. I am currently actively serving and after 3 years have an apartment of my own where I can resume my love of cooking. There is nothing in my opinion that brings a family and friends together more than gathering together for a well cooked meal, and nothing brings a smile to my face more than cooking with my family and enjoying holiday traditions.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook is definatly cheesecake. I remeber being a kid and my grandmother made such amazing cheesecake that the whole family raved about and I guess it's kind of a nostalgia thing. almost everyone loves cheesecake and not many people know how to make a decent one so people tend to really appreciate a good homemade cheesecake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas and thanksgiving I remember my mom and grandmother slaving in the kitchen and from the time I was old enough to help despite their protest I couldn't stay out of that already over-crowded kitchen. We would cook and cook and when everything was in the oven and didn't require tending we would move to the living room to watch my grandmothers holiday movies (Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut, and It's a Wonderful Life)
My cooking triumphs
Just had my first REAL Thanksgiving where I was relied on to cook the majority of the meal. It turned out much better than I could have imagined.The funniest thing to me was the one dish I was most worried about was by far everyone's favorite dish from the entire meal. When I was in high school I had parents of friends ask me if I would come over and cook a really nice meal so this lead to some really cool triumphs like catering events by myself and having a "5 star" standing rib roast centric Prom dinner that people still rave about.
My cooking tragedies
Most of the time if I make a cheesecake and the top cracks or sinks I have some type of fruit topping on standby to help "pretty" it up but I've had multiple days where I've been over confident in my abilities and had one ugly cheesecake lol.