I learned watching my grandmother and making a lot of mistakes since I was 11. I guess I was lucky I was allowed to play with the stove :) I just moved to the US and I'm missing a couple of basic ingredients that are hard to come across over here. My husband is a vegetarian and I'm trying to learn how to get good flavour without meat, so far I've been only mildly successful. My husband, used to packaged foods and instant soups, thinks all I make is wonderful.
My favorite things to cook
Costa Rican olla de carne soup. It's easy and it's always enough for everyone.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother's soups are legendary. My grandfather comes from a family of butchers, his chicharrones are unbelievable but they take about 10 hours to prepare.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas Costa Rican tamales, man those are hard. I am very proud of my roasted pork and lately, some of the indian curry.
My cooking tragedies
Baking. Sigh. I lost the baking touch when I was about 15, it never came back. I am still trying.