I am 27 years old and I've been cooking for a while. I don't get the chance to cook very often due to a busy schedule, so I'm still learning.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that involves pulling the meat off of a rotisserie chicken! Sooo easy! Also, anything that involves the crock pot and slow cooking but I have a hard time planning in advance to make these meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a chicken pot pie master. She uses an old family recipe and makes the noodle dough from scratch. I still haven't even attempted this. My favorite tradition is making the stuffing or as we call it "filling" the night before Thanksgiving. Again, an old family recipe that I believe was created for a small army!
My cooking triumphs
The best 2 things that I make are slow-cooked roast beef and apple pie. It gives me great pleasure to know that I can actually make a good old-fashioned Sunday dinner! I learned my apple pie recipe in a home economics class in high school and mastered the pie crust right off the bat. Even my mom is jealous that I make such a great pie crust(something she could never get quite right)! :)
My cooking tragedies
One of the first times I ever made dinner for my husband, I made a chicken casserole from a home ec recipe that I loved! I bought all of the same exact ingredients right down to the brand names but for some reason...it tasted awful! He didn't think so...but I did. Maybe it was my nervousness playing with my taste buds, but I never made it again. I also once made a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing from scratch for my husband's birthday. He was going to be home from work any minute so I didn't have time to let the cake completely cool before I frosted it and it ended up a gloppy, goopy, mess! Even after sticking it in the freezer! It still tasted great but it wasn't very pretty. :)