I've been cooking since I was 12 when my Mom came home from work one day and blew up because a husband and 4 kids were lounging around, watching TV, and waiting for her to cook something. The usual 'What's for supper?" that day led to major changes around our house from that day on. She taught my Dad first how to cook, but that was a dismal failure. My oldest brother took over and failed. I was the next in line and have done a pretty good job of cooking, for a guy.
Mom also taught all of us how to use the washer and dryer, and how to iron our clothes. Best thing she ever taught us!
My favorite things to cook
chili & pasta sauce with ground beef (same recipe but hold the beans for the pasta sauce, and use 'Italian' spices instead of Tex-Mex spices)
lasagna (one use for the pasta sauce)
a 'veggie' stew (same approach to the pasta sauce, but add more veggies)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Big family dinners for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. A big family dinner is 20 to 30 attendees! We had to use a church kitchen one year for Christmas dinner when 50 family members decided to attend. (10 kids on Mom's side, 7 on Dad's side, literally dozens of cousins.) The minister said everyone left the XMas Day service upstairs with huge appetites as the turkey roasted.
My cooking triumphs
Everything I make is experimental. I rarely measure anything and hope it works out. I've had a 99% success rate over the last 40 years!
I'm really good at 'dressing up' store bought items. I add my favourite toppings and extra cheese to bought pizzas. Add Cheez Whiz to my KD.
Speaking of KD, as a student many years ago, I created dozens of variations
My cooking tragedies
Aside from forgetting about a pot of tomato soup on the stove when I was a kid, I can remember only few times when I've had to abandon something I cooked and order delivery. A few times I put up with something I cooked but vowed to never cook it again.