I'm manic depressive and my cooking tends to be the same way: Sometimes awesome, sometimes not so great. LOL
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles. One-dish meals. I love to make soups and stews and chili and anything that involves a bunch of excellent flavors in a pot, cook slow, serve in bowls.
Oddly, I also like to do stir fry, which is kind of the polar opposite. Oh. I see that trend!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's chicken and dumplings, although mine are often not as good.