I bake from "scratch". I do not use mixes. Guess you could call me old fashioned.
My favorite things to cook
Pies, cakes, cookies, main dishes, eggs, pork, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups, salads (potato, macaroni, pasta)...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making holiday treats. Pumpkin pies, "Eggless, milkless, butterless cake", Buddy's cookies, Granny's flat cake, Mom's soft raisin cookies, pies made from the apples off of our own tree, pie crust squares (from the left over dough). Each person's favorite pie on his/her birthday.
My cooking triumphs
My pies are my best accomplishment. I learned to make great pie crust at my grandmother's elbow. She made the best pie crust on earth. All of the women in my extended family make good pie crust but, I seem to have inherited the knack for making truly excellent crust.
My cooking tragedies
I have a difficult time making roast beef come out perfect. I either over cook it or under cook it. It is either tough or dried out and tasteless.