The best thing I did in my 20's was to date a chef. He introduced me to cooking with spices and made cooking more interesting.
My favorite things to cook
The more recipes I try, the more things I can add to my faves. I guess by this point, I have too many favorites to list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother added walnuts to every single recipe. Sad to say, for those of you who might appreciate that, I did not carry that tradition forward. LOL
My cooking triumphs
I guess my triumphs would be when my picky eater husband rates a new recipe with high praise. Also, when a combination of flavors marries perfectly.
My cooking tragedies
My first lasagna. I didn't know to cover all the noodles with the sauce and it ended up burnt, brittle, it was a hot mess.