My job requires me to travel internationally and live abroad for months at a time. I am fascinated with world cuisine and culture. Food IS culture. I've recently started assisting with cooking classes locally and am learning so much. My kitchen is one of my favorite places.
My favorite things to cook
Anything. OK. Shrimp and grits and Osso Bucco. Thanksgiving is my favorite meal to cook. I try new things with the turkey every year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None. My family always ate dinner together every night but it was "If it's Wednesday it's Hamburger Cheese Bake," "If it's Friday it's Tuna Noodle Casserole." Very limited menu. As a single person I often do simple thingslike a chicken breast and a veggie but I do try to mix it up.
My cooking triumphs
The aforementioned shrimp and grits and osso bucco! Also I did a Peking Duck one Memorial Day. On the grill!
My cooking tragedies
Chicken liver pate. Tragedy in the extreme. But looking back over my 30 years of cooking I think this is the only one.