My favorite things to cook
This has certainly changed over the past few years! I used to like baking and a lot of crock pot recipes. Now, I am transitioning to lighter and healthier foods. (Some weeks are better than others but this is a transition.) Oddly, I thought I wouldn't enjoy "raw" foods but I am really enjoying more and more of them. Many of my digestive problems have cleared up and I don't have to look for substitutes to avoid certain foods to which I am sensitive. "Uncooking" has opened up a whole new world of tastes and most of my recipes are still in books although I am putting some of them in my personal recipes for ease of access.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Good grief! My family weren't known for their cooking talents! The holiday turkey dinner, however, still ranks up there as one of our traditions and great meals I would look forward to when I was younger. I now use great recipes I have found on this site for my holiday dinners and they turn out great!
My cooking triumphs
I grew up on little more than salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and chili powder. Learning to cook with herbs and spices opened up a whole new world of taste. There have been many recipes that have combined new flavours that have been amazingly good and I have let go of ideas I was taught about many ethnic or other foods being too spicy (a.k.a. anything not bland). When I was young, I was afraid to try new tastes and flavours but I have since learned that I am the only one who loses by not trying something new at least once (with some exceptions due to intolerances). As a result, my dietary/recipe choices are constantly evolving.
My cooking tragedies
Halving a meatloaf recipe and forgetting to half the quantity of liquid. It was a runny mess! (I did not have more hamburger to try to save the day.) Fortunately, this site allows for modifying the number of servings and avoids this problem!