I came from a town of 200 people who all knew each other and were quick to help each other. I grew up in a very close-knit Lutheran church and attended ice-cream socials and Mother/Daughter dinners. Of course, these were all pot-luck, so I learned my first (elementary) cooking in the church kitchen with the "Church Ladies Social Circle," of which my Grandmother was the Chairwoman.
I also used to bake and decorate cakes professionally.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic comfort foods: Italian pasta, Tex-Mex, German, Czech and Scandinavian dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
BIG family holiday buffets -- both my and my husband's families at our home all at once. That includes about 75 people -- any excuse for a party! Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, July 4th... You get the picture.
My cooking triumphs
I won a baking contest!!! I made an apple/raspberry Linzer Torte, it tasted as beautiful as it looked!
I baked our wedding cake -- it was GORGEOUS!! Seven tiers each a different flavor and it was taller than me!
My cooking tragedies
I try not to think about/dwell on/remember those!