My beloved sainted grandmother taught me most of what I know about cooking and my attitude towards food and serving others in my family/community. I love cooking and trying new recipes. I do not consider myself an 'expert' even after 40+ years, but I certainly am an enthusiastic, adventurous, advanced intermediate. LOL. Cooking, for me, has an aura of Zen.
My favorite things to cook
Bread, quick breads, pies and some cakes. I do a lot of casseroles which are inexpensive.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Turkeys for the holidays. DH loves the cuisine of his home Quebec, so I get to do tortieres, sugar pies, etc. The first time he told me what a tortiere was, I said, "oh, hamburger pie." He was quite offended. LOL
My cooking triumphs
Aggression bread rolls (definitely NO Zen there - but great rolls), mock Black Forest cake, quickie cheesecakes, healthy muffins from scratch
My cooking tragedies
No one died yet, so none of it has been tragic.