Mother was assistant to president of publishing company and not much interested in cooking, Learned much from step-mom who had home economics BA. Two Wives who were glad to let me hog the kitchen. I like deciding the menu and haunting the markets.
My favorite things to cook
Love all the wonderful contributions on allrecipes.com and the pro capabilities for printing with comments! The advice and recipe suggestions are sterling.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad learned to cook in a french New Orleans restaurant, he shared some techniques along the way, his 2nd wife, my step-mother taught me so many critical steps and tricks.
My cooking triumphs
When I follow the recipe. Acquiring Michael Ruhlman's 20 book of cooking rules and his Ratios book as well as his co-authored Charcuterie really filled out my library.
My cooking tragedies
When I experiment in too many directions simultaneously and have to throw it out.