I've been waitressing for many years. I love the culinary knowledge I have gained working in the fine dining industry. Also, my cooking benefits b/c I have professional chefs whom I can consult with whenever I have questions. My wine pairing abilities are not too bad either.
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything!! Especially if it doesn't cost me too much, and most of the ingredients are items that I already have on hand.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandparents are from Ukraine, and my mother and grandmother used to make the most amazing perogies. Unfortunately I have not attempted them yet, but some day I will!
My cooking triumphs
I try to cook for my fiancee and I at least a few times a week. When I make a dish that turns out delish, professional-looking, and HEALTHY (not 'diet' but not overloaded with fat, salt, and calories)....I am most proud of my cooking. Also, I love experimenting with new spices and methods- I never stop learning when I'm in the kitchen!
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm, lots of tragedies. Probably the most memorable was my very first attempt at making chocolate chip cookies all by myself. I used powdered sugar from a jar that I thought was filled with flour! Needless to say, I ended up with a melt-y mess and 10-year-old me in tears!!!