I am a graphic specialist working for one of the top mutual fund companies in the US. I am currently engaged to a man that loves to eat good food, but more importantly would rather eat homecooking than restaurant food. I never had an interest to cook until I met him. I attended a couple cooking classes and became a Food Network junkie. I even get Taste of Home's Simple & Delicious which is awesome for beginner/intermediate cooks.
My favorite things to cook
Parmesan breaded chicken on top of pasta & mushroom ragu, sweet potato casserole, bleu cheese stuffed mushrooms
My favorite family cooking traditions
There isn't any that I can think of in my family but I will soon be learning family cooking traditions from my fiance's family, such as homemade Italian gravy, meatballs, etc.
My cooking triumphs
My parmesan breaded chicken marinated in butter milk. My husband absolutely loves this dish and it's so easy to make (and takes 15 minutes to bake!). He goes crazy over bleu cheese stuffed mushrooms and my creama ricotta con frutta (ricotta cheese with fruit). I love these dishes, too, but any dish that my fiance loves is a triumph for that man has no problem being brutally honest. Same with my brother, he loves my mushrooms. Even though he'll be a smart Alec every time he tries something I make ("Am I going to die?"), the amount of food that he eats of mine says it all. My most recent triumph was chicken tetrazzini. My husband was still talking about it a few days after I served it.
My cooking tragedies
I found a recipe online for cornbread (and not with good old Jiffy either!). I don't know what I was screwing up but the plate of bread felt like it was 5 lbs and it was far from good. The first time I made chicken picatta it was very dry. I've also had a wooden spoon to close to the gas stove and caught that on fire (luckily it was just the end of the spoon and not the house!)