Grad student, 1100 miles from home, and therefore, from home cooking. I've had to branch out to keep from getting bored with my cooking. Learning to make the various ethnic foods I like in my own kitchen is also much more economical than getting fast food or takeout.
My favorite family cooking traditions
German, Scottish, and Americana.
My cooking triumphs
Improvised corn pancakes that turned out crepe-like and lightly sweet. They were a "happy accident" after I got the wrong ingredient for corn tortillas. I need to verify the ingredient amounts once more, and then I'll post the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
Somewhere along the line in my first year of cooking, I got the bright idea of trying to cook marinated tofu on my Foreman grill. It smelled like burning action-figure plastic! From then on I resolved to save the tofu for the frying pan, and stick to chicken, lamb, etc. on the grill, which does a fine job on those, if not on bean curd.