I come from a rural background and cooking for 8 hungry people on a regular basis is where I basically learned to cook. My ethnic background along with others around me includes cooking Ukrainian, Italian, First Nations, French and German.
My favorite things to cook
Christmas cake, Fatigman, cream fudge,chocolate chip cookies, apricot chews, monster cookies, apple pie, lemon meringue pie, Boston Cream pie, rhubarb pie, pecan pie, cinnamon buns, yeast doughnuts, Baked alaska, Chili con carne, Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Roast of Pork, Beef or Chicken,
Stir Fry of any type, anything with ham as a component, perogies, cabbage rolls, making sausage (I mean from SCRATCH), cooking with deer and wild game, smoothies, experimenting with potato recipes, tacos, anything involving cornmeal (ie: polenta for one), chicken cacciatore, so much more!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Getting together with the whole family to make deer sausage! On our respective birthdays having a homemade cake (no,NOT storebought!!)and anything that person wants for a meal (rule is: no one can complain--absolutely forbidden); making tons of Christmas cookies, squares, doughnuts,cinnamon buns, other fancy baking for THEE day. BBQ-ing for every special occasion with the family during summer because it so short a season here. Catching fresh fish up north and frying it in a cast iron fry pan over the wood fire: doesn't get much better.
My cooking triumphs
Every time you make a meal and everyone enjoys a new dish it is a mini triumph! Having hired help tell you that those butter tarts were the best they had ever tasted: could I make them again? Learning to cook with spices and different ingredients to make the bland seem awesome, as well as growing a lot of different herbs for these dishes.
My cooking tragedies
Having a houseful of guests invited for turkey dinner (but having to be elsewhere with them) and using the stove's automatic setting to cook the bird--only to discover when we got home that it did not work!! Well KFC fit the bill that day!