I'm an application developer.
My favorite things to cook
Tempura battered Halibut and chips. I also like to try the recipes I see on my favorite show, America's Test Kitchen.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father and mother both cook but I make entirely different things. The only exception is my father's recipe for pizza dough.
My cooking triumphs
Orange Flavored Chicken. I have a few recipes that are very good but the Orange Flavored Chicken I made for the first time 2 weeks ago is, so far, the best yet.
My cooking tragedies
My earliest failure was at age seven with my "Suzy Homemaker" oven. My mother tried a piece of the itty-bitty cake I had made. I even made icing. My mother asked me what I used to make the icing. I replied, "Quick, flour and water". My mother said "that's chocolate flavored paste!" She took me into the kitchen and taught me how to make real icing.
Ironically, it was more often the failures, not the successes, that were the greatest teachers.