I'm a 45yr. young' stay at home "daughter". I care for my aging mother with Alzheimer's. I'm a registered nurse by profession, but I have been at home for seven years and have really been thinking about switching careers to incorporate cooking/catering into my life.
My favorite things to cook
I love preparing and serving appetizers/hors d'oeuvres. I find that, even though it may be a little more work, you can usually please everyone by having an assortment of different foods and cuisines.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Actually, I'm the only one in my family that LOVES to cook. My mother was always a good cook - preparing healthy meals that always included a protein, a starch, and a vegetable for dinner, but she says that she didn't enjoy doing it. My brother enjoys trying more ethnic/cultural cooking once in a while, but my sister doesn't cook at all. Needless to say, the holidays and family gathering are always at my house - and I don't mind a bit!
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumphs, I feel, occur when I come up with something fantastic without any help from cookbooks. I often get an idea from a recipe, and then tweak it so much that it really isn't a recipe I can repeat unless I re-write the whole thing! I really do enjoy having access to everyone's recipes, though. I could sit at the computer all day reading all of your recipes!
My cooking tragedies
The only real "flop" that I can recall is attempting to prepare crepes for an Easter brunch that I was having, of course, for my non-cooking family. I didn't have an actual crepe pan, so I just used my regular everyday non-stick skillet. It just didn't work. They puffed up like giant pancakes! At another time, I borrowed my father-in-law's crepe pan, used the same recipe for the batter, and they came out perfectly. I still don't understand why it made such a difference, but I will admit that I'm not familiar with batters and such as I don't bake anything unless it comes out of a box that says Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines!