I am a mother of five who enjoys almost everything to do in the kitchen but the cleanup :). There are very few things I have not tried at one time of another to cook or bake. I am willing to try and attempt most anything. I really enjoy cooking with my husband and the kids are starting to get into it too.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking just about everything. The one thing I probably like the least to do is frying but only because it is so time consuming and MESSY, but mmmm it tastes good. I like an entertaining style of cooking: lots of food and displayed prettily.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We usually always try to have a theme meal at least one day a week. We have done Taco Tuesday's and Pizza Friday's as often as we can and the kids are always upset if we don't have the time or ingredients on those days.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made Thanksgiving dinner for my family was probably the most fun thing I did. I had never realized how much work grandma had put into those meals until then. Making sure everything got done in the right order, keeping stuff warm that needed to be warm and cold that needed to be cold, trying to find space on the stove top and in the oven to get everything prepared. I really don't think I will ever know how she did it for us before microwaves became popular :)
My cooking tragedies
I have forgotten many a pot in my cooking days. I remember well the time I forgot that I had started rice on the stove and I walked out of the house to help my mom with some chores. When I did remember about it I ran back up to a house filled with smoke, which I hurriedly ran and opened all the windows and threw the pot outside to clear.
Of course there was also the time that my friend and I tried to make an angel food cake without a mixer, which I am sure IS possible if one you have ever made angel food cake before or if you are older and stronger that a couple of 11 year-olds. :)