My maternal grandmother was my biggest influence in learning to cook. A sweet Southern lady, she had a hand for pies, cakes ... and those dreaded cooked frostings. AND she was patient enough to have me at her elbow (and probably in her hair) for hours at a time.
My favorite things to cook
I truly enjoy cooking many types of food. Before I retired I loved the covered dish lunches, and now family get-togethers, church functions and such. I'm known for cakes, Mexican dishes and candies (at Christmas time).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving ... cheese grits and fruit salad. Plus pecan pies!
My cooking triumphs
I learned many years ago to make authentic creampuffs. The kind with the super-rich, made from scratch pastry and fillings. They're really not that difficult, but always surprisingly well received.
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm ... an unfortunate incident with a pressure cooker and beets. And "from the garden" scratch ketchup (don't bother!)